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Glenn Hoddle Wanted Spurs But God Chose QPR As His Punishment

by | 13th, August 2014

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Glenn Hoddle is escorted off the stage after speaking at a news conference at the Lancaster Park Hotel in London after the announcement that his contract as manager of the England football team has been terminated.
Date: 02/02/1999


GLENN Hoddle – the hymned Queen of Godlers Green –  is back in top flight English football. The Daily Mirror notes his retusn as a QPR coach:

Former Three Lions boss out of the game for six years after controversial remarks about the disabled could soon be back in the big time, writes John Cross

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Glenn Hoddle lost his job as England manager in 1999 after his comments about disabled people.

Hoddle, 41, told the Times that people were reincarnated “to learn and face some of the things you have done – good and bad… You and I have been physically given two hands and two legs and half-decent brains. Some people have not been born like that for a reason. The karma is working from another lifetime. I have nothing to hide about that. It is not only people with disabilities. What you sow, you have to reap.”

According to the Mirror, comments Hoddle made 15 years ago led to his being out of the game for the last six years. Utter balls.

Cross adds:

There was a public demand during the World Cup for Hoddle to be given a job in football as England have such a shortage of top-quality coaches.

You might have missed the clamour of Glennda.

But what did Hoddle say? Was he a football outcast, as Cross suggests? Or was he just waiting for the right moment and offer?

Hoddle spoke to Spurs chairman Daniel Levy following the sacking of Villas Boas in December, with the former England manager offering to return to White Hart Lane in temporary charge of the first team… “I did have talks with Daniel Levy and the club,” Hoddle said. “He wanted a little bit of advice and a bit of a sounding board for himself. [I said) ‘I am there for you if you want me to take it to the end of the season and then we will have a little look at it then, I would be prepared to do that’.

“I wouldn’t do it for any other club for that short period of time. It was just that it is in my DNA. I have loved my time at other clubs, I really have, but being a Spurs supporter since I was eight, going there very young, it is in my blood.”

Although he only considered a short-term role with Spurs because of his passion for the club, Hoddle has not completely rejected the idea of returning to management in the future.

“I have never shut the door on it; I have never said to myself that that is it,” he said. “I did the academy, which was something that I wanted to do, for three and a bit years down in Spain, helping these kids back in again. It is just that at this moment in time I do not feel that I am missing the game at the moment on the coaching or managing side. It is as simple as that.

“I have had many, many offers, lots of different offers, even one last week that was quite tempting but at the moment I am quite happy doing my punditry and getting on.”

Hoddle said that waaaaay back in April 2014.

And John Cross can read it in the…Daily Mirror, wher Glenn’s words are palced under the wonderful headline:

Glenn Hoddle has revealed he almost returned as Spurs manager following Andre-Villas Boas’ sacking in December.

Almost? As in, offered to work for Spurs but wasn’t asked to.

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