Tottenham urged to appoint ‘adaptable’ Premier League manager as the job is ‘too big’ for Mason

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Tottenham told to target Frank

Tottenham Hotspur have been encouraged to appoint Brentford’s Thomas Frank as the manager’s job is “too big” for interim boss Ryan Mason.

Spurs have been searching for a new permanent manager since Antonio Conte left the club in March. Mason has been the club’s interim boss since he replaced Cristian Stellini towards the end of April.

It is being reported that Feyenoord’s Arne Slot is among the leading contenders to become Tottenham’s manager. He has done a stunning job this season as he has guided the Dutch outfit to their first Eredivisie title since 2016/17.

Frank is among the other bosses in the frame for the Spurs job. He is an adored figure at Brentford and he is perhaps unfortunate to have not been nominated for the Premier League Manager of the Season award.

Ex-Premier League striker Troy Deeney thinks Frank would be a great fit for Spurs as he would get them “playing in a more attractive style”.

“I can’t think of many better managers than Brentford’s Thomas Frank to oversee a proper rebuild at Spurs,” Deeney told The Sun.

“He is an adaptable coach and, under him, I think Spurs would play in a more attractive style than they did when Antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho were in charge.”

Deeney also thinks Mason “needs to learn his trade elsewhere” before becoming the manager of a Bix Six club.

“It will almost certainly get worse before it gets better at Tottenham,” Deeney added.

“There is so much competition in the Premier League that it will take two or three years at least before they can think about getting back into the Champions League.

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“Spurs need to see what Arsenal have achieved with their rebuild under Mikel Arteta, which involved a lot of senior players being moved on, and results getting worse for a time, before this season’s title challenge came.

“The club needs to spell out that supporters will need patience and the manager — ideally Frank — will be backed for the long term.

“I’ve got a lot of time for Ryan Mason, who is a great bloke and a bright coach, but he shouldn’t be given the job on a permanent basis. It’s too big a job for a rookie.

“If Ryan wants to be a No 1, and I think he does, he will need to learn that trade elsewhere.

“Whoever takes over as Spurs manager will inherit a club with great support and with great infrastructure — they have one of the best stadiums and training grounds in world football.”

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