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Ryan Mason could replace Cristian Stellini as Spurs consider sacking interim manager

Tottenham Hotspur are considering sacking interim manager Cristian Stellini following Sunday’s 6-1 loss to Newcastle United, reports the Evening Standard.

Spurs found themselves 5-0 down within the opening 21 minutes at St James’ Park yesterday.

The decision to switch to a back four proved disastrous and the Italian could lose his job.

Stellini replaced Antonio Conte last month but has struggled to bring much-needed results.

Ryan Mason is the obvious contender to take over from the former assistant manager.

Tottenham are fifth in the Premier League with six games remaining, and they could miss out on Europa League qualification if nothing changes.

They play Manchester United on Thursday and will be keen to bounce back from back-to-back defeats.

Stellini is unexpected to be around by then, with an announcement confirming his departure likely soon.

Mason was tipped to take over from Conte, but Spurs’ decision to keep a majority of Italian’s backroom staff surprised many people.

The former Tottenham star took charge of the club in April 2021 after Jose Mourinho was sacked.

He has been with the club’s coaching staff since 2018, linking up with Mauricio Pochettino’s staff shortly after retiring.

The Argentine was linked with returning to the north London club, but it appears he is off to Chelsea instead.

Julian Nagelsmann is tempted by the opportunity to become Tottenham’s permanent manager having rejected the Blues.

Mason could be in charge before the former Bayern Munich boss joins at the end of the season.

Tottenham won four and lost three of the seven games the 31-year-old oversaw in 2021.

He will be keen to impress if given the job, and victory against the Red Devils could put them back into the top-four race.

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