With Harry Redknapp the bookies’ favourite to replace Fabio Capello after this summer’s Euro Championships, another Spurs favourite has launched his own bid for the position.
Glenn Hoddle previously managed England between 1996 and 1999. Having taken over from Terry Venables after Euro 96, he managed to successfully assuage the team’s disappointment at their narrow semi-final defeat and steer them safely through World Cup qualification courtesy of a heroic 0-0 draw in Rome.
England lost in the Second Round to Argentina on penalties after being forced to play the majority of the match with ten men following David Beckham’s sending-off. Hoddle was gone less than a year later however after some ill-advised comments about why Tottenham greats are rarely reincarnated as disability spokespersons.
So why would Glenn make a better candidate than Harry?
Experience. He’s been there and done it. Although his tenure was short England did perform magnificently on occasions under Hoddle, even if they lacked consistency. The 0-0 draw in Italy to secure qualification for the World Cup was an exemplary model of tactical forethought and 10-man England could well have beaten Argentina on a balmy evening in Saint-Etienne.
Illustrious playing career. One of English football’s truly gifted players, Hoddle was arguably the most skilful English player of his generation and graced White Hart Lane in the late 1970s and 1980s beofre a successful spell in Monaco. This is no Steve McClaren.
Redknapp’s age. If England really are looking to the future, would it be sensible to give the job to a 65-year-old with a history of heart trouble?
Redknapp’s record. As highly-touted as he is, what has Harry ever won? The 2008 FA Cup, a success that is likely to lead to the extinction of Portsmouth F.C.
The spirit world. Hoddle is in touch with the next dimension. This gives him a significant advantage over Harry because he can call upon the guidance of former managerial greats, including Sir Alf Ramsey. By contrast Harry talks to his dogs.
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