Danny Mills has suggested some senior members of the Tottenham squad may ignore Ryan Mason’s tactical advice.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-England and Manchester City defender claimed the 29-year-old’s promotion to the top job after Jose Mourinho’s dismissal was a “strange situation”.
Mourinho left the club on Monday morning and Mason was given the job until the end of the season.
He will be assisted by Chris Powell while club legend Ledley King has remained on the coaching staff.
“You put Ryan Mason in charge, a 29-year-old who has basically come from the youth team,” Mills told Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.
“You’ve got players who are older than him. You’ve got people on his coaching staff who are older than him with more experience, like Ledley King. A very strange situation.
“If you don’t like Mourinho fine, but you’ve brought him in to win a trophy and he was possibly about to do that.
“So why get rid of him at this moment in time? I don’t understand that.
“The first game for Ryan Mason was easy ‘Just go out and play, lads.’ He doesn’t have to worry about picking people.
“Now, he’s got issues. Who does he pick? Who does he drop? How does he drop them? What tactics does he employ? He’s playing against the best team in the world [against Manchester City].
“People say it’s a free hit. Not if you lose 5-0, it’s not.
“Is Harry Kane, Heung-min Son, Tanguy Ndombele or Toby Arlderwiereld going to listen to the tactics that Ryan Mason wants? To a degree but there will be a part of them saying ‘We know more than you mate.’
“It’s a very strange appointment. Good luck to Ryan Mason, I hope he does well. But talk about chucking somebody in at the deep end with his arms and legs tied up with a blindfold on.
“He could come out and become a hero and if they lose 1-0 nobody’s overly bothered but they could get battered and it could be embarrassing.”