Warnock in huge Sky Sports News on-air gaffe as adverts finish while saying he doesn't agree with Ryan Mason appointment
SKY SPORTS pundit Stephen Warnock was caught slagging off Spurs' appointment of Ryan Mason as caretaker manager after he did not realise they had returned from the advert break.
Mason was announced as the interim boss of Tottenham on Monday following the sacking of Jose Mourinho.
And ex-England international Warnock was picked up not agreeing with the decision as the Sky Sports team were all caught unaware that they were back on air.
As they came back prematurely from a break, Warnock can be heard saying: "Mason? No, I don't agree with that, Ryan Mason."
After being made aware he had been heard by viewers, the ex-Aston Villa man was forced to apologise for his comments.
Reacting to his gaff, one social media user said: "Stephen Warnock forgot mic was left on and thought it was an advert break and slagged Ryan Mason off on Sky Sports News. Football's exploded."
And another added: "Ryan Mason being written off my Stephen Warnock 5 minutes after getting the role. Well done @SkySportsNews."
While a third said: "Absolutely brilliant that."
Mason was forced to retire as a football player in 2018 at the age of just 26 due to risks associated with a head injury he had suffered the previous season.
He joined the coaching set-up at Tottenham in April 2018 before becoming the official academy coach of the Under-19 team in July 2019.
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Then in August of last year the ex-England midfielder became head of youth development with the Lilywhites.
Mason takes over a Spurs team languishing in seventh place in the Premier League table, five points off the top four with six games remaining.
But the more pressing matter for the club is the Carabao Cup final which they will play against Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Mason could end Tottenham's 13-year wait for a trophy in his very first game in charge.
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