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Tottenham caretaker boss Mason happy taking charge

Tottenham caretaker boss Ryan Mason is happy to be taking charge in the wake of Jose Mourinho's sacking.

Spurs dismissed Mourinho on Monday after 17 months in charge and chairman Daniel Levy has handed the reigns to former player Mason, 29, on a caretaker basis until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old admitted he has "exchanged a few messages" with Mauricio Pochettino's coaching team and reflected on a "crazy" 24 hours, insisting: "Anything can happen and you just have to be prepared and ready for what football can throw at you at times.

"It's crazy. It's football. I've had it as a player. Obviously I've had the experience of having to retire in this game."

He also stated that he was not focusing on his long-term prospects in the hotseat, when asked about whether he wants the job on a permanent basis.

"Look it's a bit of cliche but I only knew I was taking training yesterday. All of my focus is on the game tomorrow and then the weekend," he said.

"I think it's no secret that I love this football club. To spend 20 years of my 29 here and it's a big part of me.

"We [Mason and Daniel Levy] had a very long chat [yesterday]. Once the news broke I was in the building. We had a conversation. I took training, we had another conversation and he asked me if I wanted it."

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