Ryan Mason’s Tottenham in-tray as temporary manager clears up after Jose Mourinho exit

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Jose Mourinho's sacking means Ryan Mason and Chris Powell have been thrust into the Tottenham limelight with just days to prepare for Sunday's Carabao Cup final.

The pair will have to negotiation Wednesday night's visit of Southampton before tackling Manchester City at Wembley this weekend, but there is plenty more in the in-tray after taking charge of training for the first time on Monday afternoon.

Restore confidence and unite squad

Jose Mourinho's constant barbs and comments directed at his players following disappointing results this season will have left confidence on the floor in north London.

Mason and Powell are feel-good appointments for supporters, but must ensure they can inspire the players too. Many will be happy to see Mason given the chance given some will have played alongside the former midfielder, who was forced to retire early following a horrific head injury.

A happy camp can do wonders for form and will prove crucial in ending the season on a high after months of misery.

Pick a centre-back pairing and organise defence

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One redeeming factor for supporters when it came to Mourinho was his supposed prowess when it came to defending.

By the end, even that had evaporated. The sacked manager had chopped and changed at the back with Spurs conceding 10 goals in their last six Premier League games, keeping just one clean sheet.

Harry Kane has carried Spurs in attack, but with his ankle injury meaning the talisman is now a doubt, finding a settled back four and keeping teams out must be the starting point.

Whichever combination of Joe Rodon, Toby Alderweireld, Eric Dier or Davison Sanchez are given the nod, stability is needed.

Lift Harry Kane and Son & reassure over future

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Rumours around the future of Harry Kane have been rife in recent weeks with the England captain reportedly ready to push for a move should Spurs not qualify for the Champions League.

Heung-min Son's form will be key to any success. After a remarkable start to the season, the South Korean has cooled and appeared broken in an emotional interview following defeat to Manchester United. The fact that the happiest man at Tottenham looked so downbeat said a lot about Mourinho's work.

Lifting the atmosphere will help the star men feel more at home and calm talk of an exit.

Think of a Plan B if Kane is not fit for Manchester City

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Kane's form has been the only ray of light for Spurs fans in their last few matches. Two fine goals at Everton kept his superb form going, before he worryingly limped off with another ankle injury at the end.

In years gone by, Son has always stepped up and led the way wonderfully in the absence of Kane, but his form of late makes that hard to envisage.

Finding another way of playing which does not rely on one individual to fill the void will be vital if Spurs are to win a first trophy since 2008 this weekend. Restoring someone like Harry Winks to midfield may be the way forward.

Prepare for difficult questions on the Super League and Mourinho

Mason will face the media as Tottenham manager for the first time on Tuesday, but it will hardly be a warm welcome.

Chelsea's Thomas Tuchel became the first manager of any of the clubs to have signed up for the controversial Super League to speak publicly on Monday, and had little to say.

The German deferred to the owners, who are not talking, and largely stepped back from the issue. Unless Daniel Levy breaks with years of tradition and goes public soon, Mason will have to talk for the club.

Furthermore, the 29-year-old will no doubt be asked about the state his predecessor has left the club in.

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