Glenn Hoddle keen on England caretaker stint

Updated: 26 March 2012 17:34 IST

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has said he is available to lead his country again on a caretaker basis at this year's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.

Glenn Hoddle keen on England caretaker stint

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Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has said he is available to lead his country again on a caretaker basis at this year's European Championships in Poland and Ukraine.


Hoddle, 54, was last in charge of England in 1998 but lost the job after the Football Association dismissed him for comments made to a newspaper that suggested disabled people were paying for the sins of past lives.

One of the most gifted England midfielders of his generation, the 53-times capped Hoddle has not coached a side since a brief spell at Wolves in 2008.

England, however, are currently without a coach following the resignation of Fabio Capello.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp is the favourite for the job although current caretaker Stuart Pearce and West Brom boss Roy Hodgson have also been linked with the post.

Hoddle, however, is keen on a second stint as England manager - even though no-one in the history of the job has been allowed to come back to the position.

He told Monday's edition of the Independent in a reference to his time in charge: "If I were to die tomorrow, my life would be incomplete."

"Would I get that opportunity (to manage England again)? Probably not. But I don't dwell on the past and, if we fast-forward to the present, I think we have a batch of players capable of going to the Euros and doing well."

"I find it a very interesting moment."

"Because Stuart Pearce, Harry Redknapp, Roy Hodgson, myself - anyone - who went to the tournament with the status of a caretaker would have the pressure off him and the players would be liberated too, not least those who have been on the fringes and are accustomed to thinking that the manager doesn't fancy them."

Hoddle said a caretaker coach could work, citing the example of how the England rugby union team had won four out of their five matches in the recent Six Nations Championship under interim coach Stuart Lancaster.

"Look at how a caretaker has worked for the England rugby team in the Six Nations - they've done fantastically," he added.

"Everyone's got an edge. No-one's sure of a place and everyone has an incentive. So I'd back the FA if they decided not to go for a full-time manager yet. If Harry goes and does well, fine."



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