Tottenham confirm new appointments to Nuno Espirito Santo coaching staff and role of Ryan Mason



Nuno Espirito Santo’s backroom team at Tottenham are now starting to take shape after the confirmation of three new coaching staff.

Following Jose Mourinho’s departure from the club in April after a series of disastrous results, Espirito Santo was announced on Wednesday afternoon as the club’s new head coach after a 72-day search for his compatriot’s replacement.

Initially seeking to take over at Everton or Crystal Palace, the 47-year-old has instead signed a two-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

With his coaching staff not confirmed on the day of his appointment, Tottenham announced on Saturday morning that Ian Cathro, Rui Barbosa and Antonio Dias would all join him in the capital.

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Espirito Santo knows the trio well after having worked under them at several of their former clubs in the past.

Cathro, who was previously manager of Hearts between 2016 and 2017, joins Spurs as an assistant head coach after working alongside him at Rio Ave, Valencia and Wolves.

The 34-year-old has extensive experience in the game despite his tender years after first becoming director of Dundee United’s youth academy at the age of 22.

Barbosa will work alongside Hugo Lloris and Joe Hart on a daily basis after serving as goalkeeper coach, along with Dias, the club’s new fitness coach.

Ledley King was a key member of Mourinho’s coaching staff, but Spurs have yet to reveal if he will be on Espirito Santo’s staff.

Tottenham have also confirmed that Ryan Mason will not be part of Espirito Santo’s setup following his role as interim head coach following Mourinho’s exit.

The former midfielder will instead be returning to the academy as responsible for player development.

Mason will also be heavily involved in the club’s U18 coaching program next season alongside new U18 coach Stuart Lewis.

Ryan Mason praised his Tottenham side after 2-0 win over Wolves
Ryan Mason will return to academy role next season after becoming interim head coach following Jose Mourinho’s departure

Dean Brill has also teamed up with Tottenham as academy goalkeeper coach – following his previous role on the Leyton Orient first team coaching staff.

Speaking on the changes at Tottenham, Academy Director Dean Rastrick said on the club’s official website: “Ryan’s return to the Academy allows him to continue his exceptional work as a coach and developer of players – something he’s passionate about – and with Stuart stepping into the role of Under-18 coaches, we have a strong management team in place to help our young players progress as they transition from the phase young people at the end of the senior members of the Academy.

“Having undergone a recruiting process after Matt Taylor left to become Walsall’s head coach, we think it’s important to continue to employ staff who have been there and considered him to be a young footballer. and a professional footballer.

“What is very important to us is that Ryan and Stuart have gone through the system here and they strongly believe in our principles behind youth development.

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“I am delighted that Dean has joined us as the Academy’s goalie coach. Once again he was an apprentice, a young pro, had a good playing career, has his coaching qualifications and is now in the process of transitioning into the realm of full time coaching.

“We have worked closely with him during his time at Leyton Orient and he is a player developer. So he will be working under Perry Suckling as we further strengthen our goaltending department with the overall goal of producing a future Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper.

“We are delighted with the overall structure we have in place and with the help of our wider Academy coaches including Chris Powell, Wayne Burnett, Paul Bracewell and Bradley Allen, we believe we are in. able to provide the best possible environment for our young players to thrive.


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