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Former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Ryan Mason has returned to the club in a coaching capacity, Spurs have confirmed.
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Mason joined the club in 1999 at the age of eight and worked his way into the first-team, where he made 70 appearances.
His Spurs career came to an end in 2016 as he joined Hull City but he was forced to retire in 2018 after sustaining a fractured skull in a challenge with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill.
Mason began work with Spurs’ coaching staff in 2018 as he attempted to earn his coaching badges and he has now been given charge of the club’s UEFA Under-19 side.
A full England international during his career, the ex-midfielder was the subject of a fitting tribute when he called time on his playing days, with Spurs tweeting: “Always one of our own”, along with a highlight reel of his goals.
This is more than a classy gesture from Spurs.
They are looking after a former player who went from strength to strength at White Hart Lane and they will now be hoping he can apply a similar work ethic to his coaching role.
Mauricio Pochettino confirmed upon his retirement that Mason was likely to succeed as a coach, saying: “He is 26 but his brain is amazing, he is an amazing person.
“He will be a very successful person in football in everything he wants to do.
“He is and will be special for me because represent the change in all the process when we arrived at Tottenham.”
Mason now has a chance to fulfil the prophecy and ensure that he enjoys yet another successful spell at Spurs.