Ryan Mason made history on Wednesday, becoming the youngest manager in Premier League history while earning his first appearance in charge of Tottenham.
Mason, in taking over Spurs on care grounds after sacking Jose Mourinho earlier this week, saw his side come back to beat Southampton 2-1 on Wednesday.
At 29, 312 days old, Mason broke the previous record by nearly three years.
What was said?
“I thought it was great, so proud of the boys,” Mason said Sky Sports after the game. “So much energy, so much courage, especially after the first 20-30 minutes as well.
“I was thinking [Southampton] came out the blocks, they were really good in the first half, we struggled at times.
“But the guys showed belief, they stuck to the plan and full credit to the lads because of the energy, commitment, courage and I’ll be honest: I thought only one team was going to win. “
Mason broke the previous Premier League mark, set by Attilio Lombardo when he managed Crystal Palace at age 32, 67 days in 1998.
29 – Tonight Ryan Mason (29y 312d) will be the youngest manager in Premier League history, while he will also become the youngest to manage England’s best flying match since Frank Sibley (29y 308d) for QPR vs Everton in October 1977. Opportunity. pic.twitter.com/oXaF4d2VDo
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Mason also became the youngest person to manage England’s best flying match since Frank Sibley (29y 308d) for QPR vs Everton in October 1977.
Spurs are edging closer to a European place
Danny Ings opened the scoring for Southampton in the first half, but Spurs turned the game around in the second half with goals from Gareth Bale and a late penalty kick from Son Heung-min.
The comeback win meant Mason matched Mourinho’s total Premier League games won when the team piloted at half-time (W1 D2 L11).
With all three points, Tottenham moved within two points of Chelsea, who occupy the fourth and final position in the Champions League in the table. The Blues have a game in hand on their London rivals.