Frank McAvennie claims Ryan Mason will struggle to get some Tottenham players to listen to him while he’s interim manager.
The former Celtic and West Ham striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claims Mason is just ‘one of the lads’ and holds no power in the dressing room.
Mason, 29, was appointed as the interim manager of Spurs after Jose Mourinho was sacked following a 2-2 draw with Everton.
He won his first game in charge and became the youngest manager in Premier League history as Tottenham beat Southampton 2-1.
But just days later, Spurs were well beaten in the Carabao Cup final by Manchester City and never looked like ending their 14-year trophy drought.
McAvennie claims Mason will struggle to tell players like Harry Kane what to do as he isn’t a top coach.
“The boy Ryan Mason has gone in and bless him he’s not ready for that,” McAvennie told Football Insider correspondent Ben Wild.
“He’s stepped up to the mark because he loves the club, I don’t know much about him but how is he going to speak to those players?
“How is he going to speak to Harry Kane, one of the best strikers in the world, how is he going to tell Kane to do things?
“It’s hard for him. That’s a serious problem. I know he’s well-liked but he’s just one of the boys. He’s one of the lads and I don’t see how he’s going to actually do anything.”
Kane shrugged off an injury to face Man City but he was unable to win the first major trophy of his career as Tottenham lost 1-0.
Spurs can now only fight for a top four finish in the Premier League as they sit five points off fourth place with five games to play and several other teams to compete with.
In other news, Kane “hell bent” on leaving Tottenham this summer.