Harry Kane has given his opinion on whether Ryan Mason should be appointed as the permanent manager of Tottenham Hotspur. The Spurs captain also spoke about the prospect of playing in the Europa Conference League next season.
Mason, who is only 31 years old, took over as interim head coach after Antonio Conte left the club in March following a disappointing run of results.
The former midfielder, who had to retire from playing in 2017 due to a serious head injury, has led Spurs to four points from three games so far, with a narrow win over Crystal Palace on Saturday.
Kane, who scored the only goal of the game with a header just before half-time, praised Mason for his tactical changes and his enthusiasm. He told Sky Sports: “I think we’re all behind him.
We know the club is in a situation where I spoke about getting some of the values back. I feel like Ryan brings all those attributes.
“He’s been here through the academy, he knows what it’s like as a fan, he knows what it’s like to play here. With that attitude and that desire, he brings a great enthusiasm to the coaching role here.
“Ultimately it will be down to the chairman and the club what they decide. But for these three games, we’re fully behind him to try to improve and to try to win and see what happens.”.
Spurs are currently sixth in the Premier League table, five points behind fourth-placed Chelsea with three games left. They are also one point ahead of seventh-placed West Ham, who have a game in hand.
The sixth-placed team will qualify for the inaugural edition of the Europa Conference League, a third-tier European competition that will start next season.
Kane admitted that playing in the Conference League would not be ideal for Spurs, who reached the Champions League final in 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino.
He said: “It’s not something we want to be involved in, but it is what it is. We have to try and finish as high as possible.
“We have to try and win every game and see where we end up at the end of it. It’s not going to be easy but we have to give everything we’ve got.”.
The England striker also revealed that he has not spoken to chairman Daniel Levy about the club’s plans for a new manager, but he expects to be updated if they have a conversation before the end of the season.
He said: “That’s down to the club. If I end up speaking with the chairman towards the end of the season, then I’m sure he’ll fill me in on what he’s thinking.
“But ultimately we’ve got three more games, we don’t want to look too far ahead and get too carried away.
“The club will make the best decision for everyone, for the players, the fans, for the club in general, so we’ll just have to wait and see what that is.”.
Final Thoughts: Harry Kane backs Ryan Mason for Tottenham job, but admits playing in Europa Conference League is not ideal
Harry Kane’s recent comments on the prospect of Ryan Mason becoming the permanent manager of Tottenham Hotspur, as well as the team’s potential involvement in the Europa Conference League, shed light on the current situation at the club.
Kane’s endorsement of Mason is a significant boost for the 31-year-old, who has impressed in his role as interim head coach so far. Kane’s praise for Mason’s knowledge of the club and his enthusiasm for the role will undoubtedly resonate with Spurs fans who are keen to see a return to the values that the club has been known for in the past.
However, Kane’s comments on the Europa Conference League highlight the challenges that lie ahead for Spurs. While the team will undoubtedly want to finish the season on a high and secure a place in European competition, playing in the third-tier tournament is not the level of football that the club’s fans have become accustomed to.
The prospect of playing in the Europa Conference League may also have implications for the club’s ability to attract top players and retain its existing stars, including Kane himself.
Overall, Kane’s comments suggest that there is a sense of optimism at Tottenham, but also an awareness of the challenges that lie ahead. The club will need to make some key decisions in the coming weeks, including whether to appoint Mason on a permanent basis, and how to approach the Europa Conference League if they do qualify.
It will be interesting to see how these decisions play out, and whether Tottenham can build on the positive signs that have emerged in recent weeks.