He’s one of their own
All football fans were devastated by the news that former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason was forced to retire from football at the young age of 26 in February.
Mason had sustained a serious head injury during a clash with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill last year and is now unable to continue his career as a professional footballer.
However, Tottenham have given their former academy graduate a route back into football through coaching.
“I’m happy, that’s the most important thing”
Mason was interviewed on Tottenham’s official website about life back at the club where he spoke about his life back at Spurs and his plans for the future.
“I’m alive and I’m happy. It’s a whole new challenge that I’m stepping into now – I’ve done bits of media, I’m doing coaching, it’s just the next step in my career. To be honest I was hoping it would be at 35 or 36 years old but I’m 26, it’s happened, I’ve got a head-start on everyone and I’m keen to make the most of the next 10 years.”
“I’ve always been positive throughout the whole injury. That’s the reality. It’s the best way to be – positive. I’m excited for the future now.”
“I’ve been in a couple of weeks now and it’s a great thing to be starting the next chapter. I’m fortunate enough to be in a position where the club have offered their help so it was a no-brainer to come back in and at the same time get cracking with my badges.
“At the moment I’m just observing as much as I can. I’ve joined in with little bits and taken little bits as well. I’m doing work with the young boys, with the reserves (Under-23s), with everyone, so I can hopefully pass on my knowledge and help them out.
“I don’t know where I want to go with it yet. If you were to say, ‘would I be a manager?’, I don’t know. I don’t know whether I want to stay coaching kids. It’s just a case of coming in, finding the path and seeing where I want to go with it all but I’m loving it, I’m loving being back out there and being involved with football – especially here as well because it’s all I’ve known for so long. It’s good to be back home.”
Mason played under Pochettino and started for Spurs in the 2015 League Cup final against Chelsea which Spurs lost 2-0.
The Tottenham fans love their homegrown boys and the supporters are sure to be more than keen to see Mason in a coaching position at the club in the near future.