Tottenham Transfer News: Ryan Mason urges patience as manager search comes first
Yan Mason insists Tottenham will have to wait to decide on their transfer strategy until they have a new sporting director and a permanent director in place.
Mason has been interim Spurs boss since Cristian Stellini was sacked from the same role after last month’s 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Newcastle. Stellini, a former assistant manager, was appointed after Antonio Conte’s dramatic exit from the club at the end of March. In the same week, general manager Fabio Paritici was banned from Italian football worldwide, leading to his resignation.
Spurs have struggled throughout this season, conceding 62 Premier League goals and failing to win away from home in all competitions since January.
They can still seal a place in the Europa Conference League on the final day if they better Aston Villa’s result and equal Brentford’s. But they visit a Leeds side desperate for a win to give them a chance to avoid the drop in their final game of the season.
“We have a lot of players on loan and there are a lot of decisions to be made,” admitted Mason. “First and foremost, we have a lot of decisions to make in our first team.
“But you can’t transfer without a manager. We need an idea of what we are going to do and eventually sign players like that.
Securing a place in the third tier of European competition is not in Spurs’ hands on the final day, and Mason admitted European football is a great asset for potential signings this summer.
On the prospect of missing out on Villa or Brentford on this, Mason said: “Obviously that has its implications and that’s not where the football club wants to be. It’s important for a club of this size. to be in Europe. The most important thing inside or outside Europe is that there is a plan and a commitment.
Conte infamously made some serious criticisms of the culture at the North London club before eventually stepping down as manager by mutual consent.
Asked if Conte would feel vindicated watching Spurs continue to struggle since leaving, Mason replied: “Maybe. The results before he left weren’t amazing.
“I don’t think the results have gone down much. You could feel in the weeks leading up to it that there was uncertainty, and it’s never good to have uncertainty. There is a lot of uncertainty. »
Arne Slot had been heavily linked with Tottenham as a potential next manager, before revealing his intentions to stay with new Eredivisie champions Feyenoord earlier this week and sign a contract extension with the Dutch club until 2026.
When asked if Sprus remains an attractive proposition for a manager, Mason replied, “Absolutely, yes.
“It’s history. It’s a big club. Not just for managers and coaches… for staff members, players should feel the privilege of wearing the badge. If they don’t, they shouldn’t be here.