Soccer-Spurs interim coach Mason not looking beyond next game


FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Leeds United v Tottenham Hotspur - Elland Road, Leeds, Britain - May 8, 2021 Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Ryan Mason Pool via REUTERS/Michael Regan

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Ryan Mason said his focus is only on the next game and that the "big decisions" about the club's direction will only be made at the end of the season.

Spurs slipped to seventh following Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Leeds United and are seven points behind fourth-placed Leicester City with three games left.

Mason stepped in to replace Jose Mourinho last month and while he guided them to victories in his first two league games they lost to Manchester City in the League Cup final.

"There are definitely tools to work with for next season and I'm sure the chairman and the football club will have a long hard think about the direction the football club wants to go," said Mason.

The 29-year-old former midfielder added that the side were fully focused on their remaining matches, starting with Sunday's home game with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

"Our focus, my focus, has to be on the next game now," he said. "I think the bigger picture, discussions like that probably need to happen over the summer."

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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