By Noel Whelan

26th Jun, 2021 | 7:30am

Pundit blasts 'shambolic' Tottenham after what Ryan Mason has reportedly been told

Noel Whelan has insisted it would be “shambolic” if Ryan Mason is in charge for the first day of pre-season at Tottenham.

The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed players will start questioning the club’s pursuit of a new manager.

As reported by the Express (June 25th), Spurs have told Mason and his coaching staff to be on standby to take charge of training as their manager hunt continues.

The Tottenham squad are said to be set to return to training on July 5th.

However, the Lilywhites are still without a permanent manager after a series of failed pursuits.

Whelan insisted Spurs need to get their new man in ahead of the players’ return to the training ground.

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Asked how the squad would react if Mason takes the first day of pre-season, Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “The word most players in my time would have used is ‘shambolic’.

“Honestly, that’s me being honest. As a player, you’d come back and think: ‘What’s going on?’ Who’s the gaffer? Who’s the manager?

“It is a shambolic situation that’s not been dealt with properly, it could have been done a lot quicker. Things are what they are. These sort of things take time.

“There are lots of things to consider with Tottenham, probably more than you would do in other clubs.”

Mason took charge of seven games as interim manager following Jose Mourinho’s departure.

He lost three, including the League Cup final, and won four of his matches in the dugout.

In other news, Tottenham are closing in on new arrival after breakthrough in negotiations.