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Ryan Mason says top managers mad to turn down Tottenham job after Ten Hag snub

Ryan Mason cannot understand why anyone would want to turn the Tottenham job down.

Spurs suffered another blow in their manager hunt yesterday when Erik Ten Hag signed a new contract to stay at Ajax.

That came after Julian Nagelsmann snubbed the club to join Bayern Munich and another contender, Jesse Marsch, chose to replace him at Leipzig.

But despite Leicester’s Brendan Rodgers also looking out of reach, interim boss Ryan Mason insists Spurs are still an attractive prospect.

He said: “I’ve not heard anything. I’ve shut myself off from it. But listen, this is Tottenham Hotspur football club. There’s always going to be people interested.

“We have the best stadium in the world in my opinion. And also the best training complex in the world. It’s a fantastic group of players and a fantastic fan base.

“So of course it’s going to be appealing. It’s a great football club. I’m probably biased because I feel passionately about it. But it’s a big football club as well.

“Listen, there’s going to be speculation. At this moment in time I’m the one leading the team and we’re not thinking about the next manager.”

Spurs have yet to offer the job to anyone but have had to rethink their strategy with many of their top targets no longer in the running.

In the meantime, Mason will lead the team against Sheffield United tomorrow as they bid to bounce back from their Carabao Cup final defeat.

Mason, 29, is a Spurs Academy graduate and while he knows he’s not in the running for the job full-time, he insists the club is in good hands for now.

He said: “It’s easy to say: ‘He’s young, he’s unprepared.’ Yes of course I don’t have the top flight experience that a 40 or 50 year old would have.

“But what I do have is 20 years of experience with this football club, I know everyone whether that’s the kitman, the cleaners, the groundsman.

“Everyone knows me. I have personal relationships with everyone. You can’t underestimate how important that is in an organisation.”

Spurs, who sacked Jose Mourinho because results were not improving, are five points off the top four and could be further behind by kick-off.

But Mason, who expects Harry Kane to play tomorrow, said: “Our season isn’t over. That needs to be the mentality of the group and it is the mentality of the group.”

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