Ryan Mason told Soccer AM he would “see what he falls into” after Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino said there was an open door for the club’s former player to join its coaching staff.
Mason was forced to retire this week at the age of just 26, more than a year after suffering a fractured skull in a clash of heads with Chelsea’s Gary Cahill while playing for Hull City in January 2017.
Pochettino has since spoken in glowing terms about the player he coached for two years in north London, and the two could yet be reunited if he takes up the Argentine’s offer.
Speaking on Soccer AM, Mason said: “I’m going to see what I fall into but if I was to go down the coaching route I spent 18 years at Tottenham and that’s my club so I’m sure that would be in my DNA if I was a coach.
“I’m still not sure [what I’ll do next]. I’m just going to see where everything takes me. I’ve only been retired for four or five days so I think I’m going to enjoy a bit of time with my family, see everyone and then see where I want to go with it all.”
Mason was rushed to hospital after the initial incident but had always had a comeback in mind, until a CT scan revealed additional dangers to returning to the pitch which proved too significant to ignore.
Mason’s playing career Club Games Goals Hull City 20 2 Swindon (loan) 21 5 Lorient (loan) 0 0 Millwall 6 0 Doncaster (loan) 20 1 Yeovil (loan) 29 6 Tottenham 70 4
“It was a decision that was pretty straightforward,” Mason added. “Like I said, the issue came up with the brain so there were a lot of numbers that they chucked at me and potential things come on, usually later on in life, that could come on earlier in life.
“I’ve had 13 months out of the game which is a long time and I think that’s probably helped me with the retirement. It was a shock because the last seven or eight months I’ve been ready to play and just waiting so to get that news two weeks ago was a massive shock but I’ve got to move on.
“I’ve got to accept it and I look forward to the next chapter now.”