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Tottenham promote Ryan Mason to first-team coach under Antonio Conte

Tottenham Hotspur have appointed Ryan Mason first team coach, while Cristian Stellini has joined the club as Antonio Conte’s new assistant head coach.

Ryan Mason has been promoted to first-team coach at Tottenham under Antonio Conte, with the club announcing five new arrivals as part of the Italian’s backroom team in north London.

Mason has been taking training for the last three days with Conte watching on, and the former Chelsea boss has been impressed enough to hand the 30-year-old his first permanent role within the senior set-up.

The former Spurs midfielder took interim charge of Tottenham following Jose Mourinho’s sacking in April, with his first match being the Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City. He won four of his seven matches at the helm.

Conte’s five other appointments are all Italian and have all been granted work permits in time for Thursday night’s Europa League clash against Vitesse in north London.

Cristian Stellini, who started working with Conte in 2011 at Juventus, joins as assistant head coach, while technical and analytics coach Gianluca Conte first worked with his brother at Bari in 2009.

Costantino Coratti, Gian Piero Ventrone and Stefano Bruno are all fitness coaches. Coratti first worked with Conte at Juventus in 2012, 60-year-old Ventrone trained Conte as a player at Juve in the 90s, while Bruno was with him at Bari and Inter Milan. Tottenham say they will announce a new goalkeeping coach in due course.

Mason has been part of the club’s academy coaching staff since being forced to retire from football in 2018 following a fractured skull – which was suffered playing for Hull against Conte’s Chelsea after a clash of heads with Gary Cahill.

He joined Spurs’ academy as an eight-year-old and stayed with the club until joining Hull permanently in 2017, making 70 first-team appearances amid several loan moves and earning his only England cap while a first-team regular in 2015.

Mason began coaching at Tottenham’s academy part-time in 2018, before taking on the permanent role of Under-19 coach in 2019. He was promoted to head of player development in 2020.

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