Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld sees shades of Mauricio Pochettino in new boss and old team-mate Ryan Mason.
Spurs turned to their ex-midfielder on Monday after sacking Jose Mourinho, with the 29-year-old promoted from Under-23s coach to interim first-team manager until the end of the season.
And Alderweireld, who shared a dressing-room with Mason for a year before the latter left for Hull, has already spotted a likeness with the way he works and that of the man who first brought them together.
He said: “It’s going wonderfully. It has only been a couple of days but we respect him, he is a big personality, how he talks, how he presents himself.
“That says a lot about him — he’s 29 but he presents himself as very mature.
“Everyone knows he played under Pochettino, he has a lot of ideas from him and we only can agree that’s very good.
“You can see the similarities, how he wants to train, how the sessions are.
“It feels very familiar.
“Of course, he will bring his own view of football and his own ideas, but we can see similarities for sure.
“And of course we played with him so we know him. There’s a lot of respect and everyone agrees with how he wants to play football looking forward.”
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Mourinho’s exit wasn’t unexpected after a disappointing run but it was still a surprise when it was announced he’d gone on Monday.
Alderweireld added: “It was a strange week. For us it was the same surprise as for everyone else.
“Everyone was fighting and doing the best they can to change things around with Mourinho. No one was happy, not at all.
“We have to respect his career, we have to respect how good he is.
“Unfortunately we didn’t get the results together that we wanted and now we have to think of the future and the next games.
“Again, a lot of respect to Mourinho, even a, ‘thank you’.
“Maybe the results didn’t go that way but, 100 per cent, he made everyone better and, for sure, his ways and how he looked about football, you have to respect them 100 per cent.
“Unfortunately, we didn’t get the results we wanted and everybody was hurt to hear when he wasn’t our manager anymore.”
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