Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was most recently the first team coach at Queens Park Rangers.

Hoddle is one of the greatest disciples of the beautiful game, having been arguably England's most gifted player of his generation.

The former Tottenham and England midfielder went on to manage both Spurs and his country.

His record as national coach bears comparison with those who preceded and followed him in an intensely pressurised job. In three years he won over 60% of his matches and qualified England for the 1998 World Cup where they reached the second round before being beaten by Argentina on penalties.

London-born Glenn began his managerial career as player-boss of Swindon Town in 1991. The Wiltshire club were reeling from losing top-flight status after a financial scandal, but Hoddle prevented them from slipping further before winning promotion to the Premier League with a thrilling 4-3 play-off final win over Leicester at Wembley.

He was lured to Chelsea in '93. Hoddle led the Pensioners to an FA Cup final appearance in his first season and also reached the semi-finals of the European Cup Winners Cup. He attracted top stars including Ruud Gullit to Stamford Bridge.

England came next before Glenn returned with Southampton where he kept his new team in the Premier League against all expectations.

After being enticed back to White Hart Lane, Hoddle guided Spurs to the final of the League Cup by seeing off former team Chelsea 5-1. He left the club in 2003 and re-emerged with Wolverhampton Wanderers whom he shaped into play-off challengers.

As a midfielder of wonderful touch and visionary passing ability, he made 490 appearances for Spurs and scored 110 goals. He was at the heart of a side that won promotion back to the top division before landing two successive FA Cups.

Spurs also reached a League Cup final and the last four of the Cup Winners Cup in the Hoddle era. Though he was injured for the 1984 UEFA Cup final, Hoddle had laid the foundations for Tottenham winning the trophy.

In 1987 he was signed by Arsène Wenger's AS Monaco who won the Ligue 1 championship in his first season. Hoddle was voted the best foreign player in French football and described by Wenger as "perhaps a star in the wrong period, years ahead of his time."

This was a reference to the feeling that his ball-playing gifts were not sufficiently appreciated by English managers. Nevertheless, Glenn won 53 England caps, scoring on his full debut against Bulgaria.

Currently Glenn is the working in Spain, having launched his own academy which is the first independent, professional football academy, offering an alternative to the professional club system. The primary goal of the GHA is to offer a genuine route back into professional football.

Honours (3)
  • personal-awards
    • Tottenham Hotspur:
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2002-08-01)
      • Manager of the Month, Premier League, (2001-10-01)
  • promotions
    • Swindon Town:
      • Promotion to FA Premiership, (1993-05-31)
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