If anyone had predicted at the start of the season that Tottenham would go on to sack Jose Mourinho in April - having been top of the table in December - days before a cup final, and following this up by handing Ryan Mason the job until the end of the season...then we want your lottery numbers.
On Wednesday, when Tottenham host Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton, Mason will make history at the age of just 29. Not only will the former Spurs player become the club’s youngest ever manager but he’ll also become the youngest manager to oversee a Premier League game.
In fact, he’ll beat the record by a few years, while he’ll only be a year older than the man linked with the permanent Spurs post was when he took charge of Hoffenheim at 28-years-of-age. We are of course talking about Julian Nagelsmann, who is now 33.
Remarkably, four days after taking charge of his first Premier League match, Mason has the chance to win silverware when his Spurs side clash with Pep Guardiola’s Man City in the League Cup Final at Wembley.
What a story that would be.
Ryan Mason, 29, is set to become the youngest ever Premier League manager (interim)
Prior to Mason’s sudden arrival on the Premier League scene, the former record holder was Attilio Lombardo who was just 32 when he took charge of Crystal Palace against Fulham back in March 1998.
He has handed the role of caretaker player-manager following Steve Coppell’s decision to move up into the role of Director of Football at the club. “I had half an hour to make a decision and it felt like being run over by a lorry,” a shell-shocked Lombardo revealed upon his appointment.
The Bald Eagle took charge of seven games in the dugout. He would go on to hold various coaching roles at Man City, Galatasaray and Schalke, while he’s been assistant manager to Italy boss Roberto Mancini since 2019.
The Premier League’s youngest manager table - see below for the top-10 - is dominated by London clubs. We’ve mentioned Mason at Spurs and Lombardo at Crystal Palace, third on the list is Chris Coleman who oversaw Fulham at the age of 32.
Gianluca Vialli, Andre Villas-Boas, and Ruud Gullit were all 33 when they each managed Chelsea for the first time. Vialli won five trophies, Gullit lifted the FA Cup, while AVB lasted nine months before he made way for Roberto Di Matteo, who swiftly won the Champions League and FA Cup double.
10 Youngest Ever Premier League Managers
Ryan Mason: 29 years, 313 days (Tottenham)
Attilio Lambardo: 32 years, 67 days (Crystal Palace)
Chris Coleman: 32 years, 313 days (Fulham)
Gianluca Vialli: 33 years, 227 days (Chelsea)
Andre Villas-Boas: 33 years, 301 days (Chelsea)
Ruud Gullit: 33 years, 352 days (Chelsea)
Kevin MacDonald: 34 years, 1 day (Leicester)
Alex Neil: 34 years, 60 days (Norwich)
Stuart Pearce: 34 years, 241 days (Nottingham Forest)
Paul Jewell: 34 years, 313 days (Bradford)
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