Tottenham are ready to part ways with former assistant manager Christian Stellini following the 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Newcastle United, and are ready to promote his assistant Ryan Mason to caretaker manager as the shambles continues in north London.
Parting ways with Antonio Conte during the international break, Spurs have won just one of the four games Stellini has been in charge for, a contentious win over Brighton that prompted an PGMOL apology after missing a clear penalty for the Seagulls.
A draw with 10 man Everton was followed by defeat at Bournemouth, and a hammering at the hands of top four rivals Newcastle United that saw them 5-0 down after 21 minutes.
It leaves their chances of Champions League football next season hanging by a thread, and their chances of European football at all in serious danger.
They face Manchester United next, before travelling to Anfield in a game that could see Jurgen Klopp’s side leapfrog them into the European spot.
Having played three games more than Brighton, who sit 8th, the Seagulls are just four points behind, and could well mount a European push of their own with a strong finish to the campaign.
The chance of missing out on European football and the shambles at St James’ Park has led to a serious cloud being cast over Christian Stellini’s position in charge of the north London side.
As per the London Evening Standard, his place at the club is in ‘serious doubt, with the club considering dismissing him’, while ‘there is a feeling at Spurs that Stellini has already lost the confidence of the players’.
In turn, his assistant and former Tottenham midfielder Ryan Mason is ‘the obvious contender to replace him until the end of the season’ or until the appointment of a new permanent manager.
Mason has taken the role before, taking over when Jose Mourinho was sacked and winning four of his seven Premier League games in charge.