Saturday 19 August 2017 / 11:33 AM

WHY ENGLAND SHOULDN’T TOUCH GLENN HODDLE WITH A 10-FT POLE

With Roy Hodgson resigning after the Icelandic disgrace, thoughts have now turned to who the next England manager will be. And after Gareth Southgate ruled himself out of the running, there’s one name that keeps cropping up…

Glenn Hoddle.

Yup, that’s right, Glenn Hoddle. Just to be emphatic, honest and as clear as I can be – this would be a stupid move. Here’s why:

The guy hasn’t managed anywhere for 10 years 

Hoddle’s last managerial job was in 2006, at Championship side Wolverhampton Wanderers. And he wasn’t very good there. With a win percentage of 35.53% and 34 drawn games out of 76, Hoddle stepped down and hasn’t been able to get a job since.

If you go back to his pre-Wolves days, he was poor at Tottenham too.

He got sacked last time he was England manager 

In case you’ve forgotten, Hoddle was sacked as England boss in February 1999 after making highly controversial comments in a newspaper article regarding disabled people. In a nutshell, he said that they were being punished for their sins in a previous life.

That’s right. The England football manager made the decision to broadcast his archaic views on disabled people and reincarnation in a national newspaper.

Naturally, he was terminated. And yet, so many people seem to want him back. Have things changed in the last few years? Has he retracted his comments? If his comments were a good enough reason to sack him, why would the FA give him another job?

His commentary is idiotic 

We’re told by so many people that Glenn is a ‘football man’, but if you listen to his commentary, you’d really struggle to hear anything other than a Londoner who likes the sound of his own voice whilst he states the obvious.

He’s not ‘the best’ 

At this point, England really need to fix whatever is going on. The epidemic of tournament failure has gone on for too long, and it has left the English public completely and utterly disillusioned about the England football team. Something big needs to happen. That’s not a cue for Glenn Hoddle.

It’s a cue for a big-name manager. One that’s won titles, one that’s experienced football from all over the world. One who knows how to set teams up to win tournaments.

Whether he’s English, Italian or Icelandic, the next England boss needs to be the best man available for the job. And comments made in 1999 notwithstanding, that man isn’t Glenn Hoddle.

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