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Name Glenn Hoddle
Gender Male
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
  Former England manager
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Org England National Team
Club as Player As Monaco

1998 06 29 Retrieve

[Two minutes after halftime, with the score tied at 2-2, Beckham was shoved down from behind by Diego Simeone of Argentina. Still lying on the ground, in full view of the Danish referee, Kim Nielsen, Beckham kicked Simeone in the back of the right leg, drawing a red card and an immediate ejection] We are absolutely distraught. The sending off cost us the match. I’m not afraid to say that.

1998 06 30 Retrieve

[First it must get past England in the second round on Tuesday in what is viewed as a grudge match by the English, who will never forget nor entirely forgive Argentina for Maradona’s handball that became a goal in the 1986 quarterfinals] I didn’t sleep for four days afterward

1998 06 30b Retrieve

[WORLD CUP ‘98: Owen Lets His Boots Do The Talking. Until then, the England coach had been insisting that Michael Owen, for all his talent, was too young] He still faces the hurdle of proving he can take on the best defenses in the world

1998 10 12 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle cracks a joke after England’s 0-0 defeat by Bulgaria on Saturday] There’s no pressure on me after this game

1999 01 04 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle in response to a comment from a Guardian interviewer, who said England’s second-round exit from the World Cup was nothing to write home about. Does bland mean `true’?] That’s easy to say and too bland a statement to make.

2013 11 05 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle on Paul Scholes] There isn’t a player of his mould anywhere in the world

2015 04 18 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle on David Luiz after his performance versus Barcelona] He is the last man on the pitch when Suarez picks up the ball and starts running at him. He realises he is the last man, and the very last thing you should do when you’re the last man is jump in. You bide time for your team to get around you. Instead he does what an eight-year-old who hasn’t been coached does. He is a liability at the back and he always has been. He’s a footballer who likes to play in the playground when there is no shape to the game

2015 05 30 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle on becoming Chelsea manager in 1993] I’d come from Swindon to Chelsea, so I’m thinking the facilities would be much better. I asked the chief scout, ‘Where’s my office?’. He laughed and said, ‘I’ll take you’. So he took me to the staff room. I had to phone Ron Atkinson to do a deal for £2.2m. And the office was literally a BT phone! They’d taken the bottom of the phone out. I had to put 50p in!

2015 11 10 Retrieve

[on David Beckham] The first time I saw him was when he was a teenager and I took my Chelsea side to Old Trafford. You could tell then he was going to the top. He looked different, special. He was better than any other players on the pitch that day and he was just a kid. He loves football, and that’s never left him throughout his career. He loved to train and perform. He would work extremely hard to get the best out of himself

2016 03 21 Retrieve

[on Harry Kane] You could see him as the real deal as soon as he came into the team. A lot of people were saying: Well, we’ve got wait and see. But I look at young players coming in. I could see his ability. As a striker he’s got a little bit of everything. He can hit it, he’s got enough pace, he plays off his left, his right. He scores all types of goals. He has this little instinct to know where the ball will drop, which means he picks up positions. And that’s a bit of everything really. That’s why I went early on Harry and said he should be playing for England as well

2016 03 24 Retrieve

[on Alan Shearer] The lad has got absolutely everything. England have had many great strikers over the years who have excelled in certain parts of the game but there is no chink at all in Shearer’s armour, even to the point of magnificent mental strength. He works so hard. He’s not afraid to put himself around physically and won’t be intimidated by aggressive tactics. He is a clever player, who is capable of understanding tactical instructions and then carrying them out, even if it means defensive duties. He is not just after the glory of scoring goals. You see him running to the wings, demanding the ball, searching for space, especially down the right, where he crosses the ball in as good as any winger in the game. Not only will Alan score from close in. He can [score] from outside the box, he takes free-kicks and he scores with his head, his right foot and his left foot. There are no real weaknesses

2016 04 02 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle on Ruben Loftus-Cheek] Ruben Loftus-Cheek reminds me of Ballack – physically and the way he plays. He gets in the box and he moves well off the ball. He likes that position in behind the front player. Whether he’s going to get those opportunities I’m not sure. You’ve got [Eden] Hazard and Oscar who want to play there. Willian has appeared in that position and they might go and buy somebody else. He’s got a lot of challenges to get that position but he’s a prospect

2017 06 01 Retrieve

[How Ruud Gullit’s libero role at Chelsea rocked the Premier League. Gullit would receive the ball at the back, bring it forward, play a one-two with a midfielder and then find himself between the lines, acting as a number] It was like watching an 18-year-old play among 12-year-olds

2019 04 02 Retrieve

[In one summer, Wenger had made sure an already sturdy outfit had an all-new, much-improved spine. In a 2015 interview with Sky Sports, Hoddle said] He had this youthful sort of excitement about him at Monaco, and it didn’t take me long to realise this is where I wanted to be. I was going to Paris Saint-Germain, but Arsene really was the one that turned my head.

I’ve got to say what Monaco did [compared] to Tottenham in those days in 1987 was so much more advanced. The first day Mark Hateley and myself went to walk off after a two-hour session and Arsene told us to go over to the fitness coach to warm down for 45 minutes. Me and Mark looked at each other and said, ‘What’s a warm down?’

[on Monaco were relentless that year] We were very dominant. We played some wonderful football, he loves to play creative football. He knew what he wanted from the team. It was pretty clear-minded; you had clarity when you went onto the pitch of the shape that he wanted and how he wanted us to play

2019 08 06 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle claims Tottenham need to bring in more fresh faces before the summer transfer window closes] Every department he needs to improve on while he can. He is going to have to get a good defender in, he needs midfielders, one of them who’s creative

[Hoddle admits that process has become even harder for Spurs because the kind of player they need has already been acquired by rivals at home and abroad] That’s the problem. There are no midfielders out there, and I’ve looked. Man City have got them all or Barcelona have got them. Even Real Madrid haven’t got them

2019 10 25 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle, is another of those who believes that Fikayo Tomori has what it takes to reach the very top of the game] The kid has got great pace, youthful tenacity, doesn’t give up. That’s what you get from young players, the energy. Imagine getting that from David Luiz, no disrespect, he’s at a different stage of his career, he wouldn’t be able to do it. In two or three years time I think he’s going to be a top, top defender

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Tottenham did well to keep Jose Mourinho out of the clutches of Arsenal or Bayern Munich, says Glenn Hoddle, with the Portuguese expected to deliver more silverware at a club that is now bigger than his previous employers at Chelsea] With all my years in the game, you have a sense when things are coming to the boil and you could see that there was going to be a change of manager at Arsenal, sooner rather than later. Daniel Levy could also see that happening and he knew if he hung around too long then Mourinho might be lost to Arsenal, and if not Arsenal, then maybe Bayern Munich or Real Madrid. There was too much speculation, too much going on and eventually Mourinho would have been snapped up

How long Daniel Levy and the board had been thinking of making a change, who knows, but eventually they had to move quickly with things moving quickly at Arsenal. So, while there were mixed feelings among Spurs fans at losing someone so well liked as Pochettino, the arrival of Mourinho would have given the supporters reason to believe he will deliver silverware at long last

It might only be in the short term as Mourinho has moved on every two or three years but even so it is what the Spurs fans crave - trophies. The club needs a trophy to move it to the next level. Yes, it was a shock to see Pochettino go after all he did for the club but, if he wants to stay in football, there looks like plenty of openings for him. In a way it wasn’t a surprise that Daniel Levy was looking to someone like Mourinho. Hopefully he will achieve what the fans have been dreaming of. He has done it everywhere he has gone, so there will be optimism. If Mourinho does win silverware at Tottenham it will prove to have been the right move at the right time for him to go to Spurs. It will also turn out to be a shrewd move for Mourinho, who will quickly discover that Spurs are a massive club - much bigger than he might have thought. He has probably underestimated just how big a club Spurs are. There is a bigger fanbase than at Chelsea and no one now has better facilities in terms of training ground and stadium. He has walked into a fantastic job at the right time with Spurs becoming a modern-day club. This is a good marriage

2019 12 31 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Trent Alexander-Arnold boasts the passing range of David Beckham, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard] You don’t need to coach him too much, you just make an adjustment here and there. He’s got an array of talent like a midfield player, he can pick a pass like any midfield player. What makes it easier for him is that he’s not in the centre of the pitch where it’s all 360 degrees going on around him, he’s out wide. When he picks the ball up, nine times out of 10 he’s got nobody behind him but a linesman. He knows he’s got no pressure coming on him, everything is inside him. He can pass like Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard. He has got wonderful vision and ability to manipulate the ball exactly where it needs to be. He’s got the world at his feet. He’s an international now, he could play in that role for 10 years plus

2020 01 30 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Chelsea are capable of challenging for the Premier League inside the next two years] I think [Lampard] does want to bring in somebody in this window. Whether he’s going to get that opportunity, reading between the lines I’m not so sure actually.

But this is more important, over the next coming two windows I think for Frank. I think if he brings in the right professionals, the right experienced players, uses the right money on that level […] He’s got the youngsters, he knows he’s got a group of young players there. In two years’ time, if he brings in the right pros, the good apples and good players, experience, with these kids, I think they’ll be challenging for the league in two years’ time

That’s how Chelsea owners have got to look at it, not about now. Even if he goes fifth this year and misses out on the top four, this squad and whatever manager is at Chelsea, the key is who he brings in, the experience.

Those kids, they’re good enough. You’ve got six or seven of them, superb. And you’ve got a little underbelly as well, you’ve got a little underbelly coming through that are going to be great in two years’ time. But these kids now that are playing are going to have two more years’ experience. It is really important for Chelsea football club who he brings in, experienced players, to play with them. He’s going to be losing Pedro and Willian, they’ve been great players, they’re all going to be going. It’s really key for how their future is and it could be exciting in two years’ time

2020 02 20 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Mourinho’s Spurs don’t know what they’re doing] I’m concerned. I don’t know what they’re doing. I am a little bit [worried]. I don’t see a team pressing together, and I don’t see a team with good movement when they’ve got possession. You’ve got a problem there. And I think playing 4-4-2 in straight lines, there’s nothing wrong with it if you come off the lines and make a three in midfield and you have the strikers with the movement. I said it at half-time, they look like a team that are just hoping they’re going to play well, hoping they’ll get a break. I don’t see a team like Leipzig - they’ve got shape on the ball, they press, they knew both sides of the game, what they were all about, and you can see they were miles ahead of Tottenham on the night

2020 03 11 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham boss seems to be lacking self-belief] As a Spurs man, I just wondered, in my heart, has he lost his mojo? Has he lost his self-belief? Only he would know that. I am hoping he hasn’t for Tottenham’s sake, I really do. In a way, I think he does need to rebuild. Not in terms of just getting players, but he needs to rebuild that team in the way that he is going to put them out there or get them in a shape where he knows exactly what they are doing, every player, whoever comes from the bench

I don’t know if it’s [the game] moved on and he hasn’t. Let’s be fair I don’t think the squad was as good as he thought it was going to be at Tottenham. He’s had his key players taken away from him so actually he’s got to do better with the players that he’s got. That is his problem at this moment in time. He hasn’t sort of pushed himself to the limits tactically to come up with something where he’s going to get the best out of this squad at this moment in time. That might come later down the line but he might need another transfer window to get some more players in that he wants. Whether the game’s moved on I’m not sure. I’ll tell you what I do worry as a Spurs man, I do wonder whether he’s got self-doubts now which he’s never had in his career. That is a big problem. if he has and that will only unfold in the coming six, seven, eight months

2020 04 11 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Frank Lampard can deliver Premier League title glory at Chelsea if he is backed in the transfer market to land the right signings] When you look at the squad you have to wonder what is going on above him in terms of recruitment. For me, Frank needs a clear transfer policy to take his team forward. He has been getting it right on the training pitch, on the football side, but the next big phase for him will be how the club operate in the transfer market. If Frank gets the players he wants, not the players someone else wants, he has an excellent chance, in two or three years’ time, of having the right squad and the right team to challenge for the Premier League title. Chelsea have to treat Frank exactly the way Liverpool treated Jurgen Klopp, give him the time to rebuild, give him the players he wants. He needs a clearly defined pathway, a clear line of communication, which I don’t think has always been the case in the past. If I was a Chelsea fan, I’d think their team is in the right hands, as Frank is doing an excellent job under the circumstances and the future will be bright.

He only had one year at Derby and then took on a Chelsea job with all the extra pressure that comes with it. Frank’s a legend at the club as a player and that brings even more extra pressure on you. It’s all right having a view now, but take us back to the start of the season. No one would have thought he would have done as well as he has done with such a big rebuilding project ahead of him and without any ability to move into the transfer market. You would have said he would do well to get Chelsea into the top six or even seven under those circumstances. Sitting where he is now, I don’t think anyone would have anticipated that. Chelsea are in good hands, the way they are playing, the way Frank has brought on the young players, while he is learning all the time about management in the Premier League. Under all those considerations he is doing an amazing job. It was a shrewd move to bring in Jody Morris at Derby and then to take him with him to Chelsea. Together they are making the team stronger

2020 06 15 Retrieve

[Glenn Hoddle says Tottenham boss Mourinho should keep faith with Barcelona-linked Ndombele] Ndombele I think there’s a player in there, he’s [Mourinho] got to find that. Whether he’s gone too far with that lad and they won’t get him back as a player, I don’t know, but I truly believe there’s a player in there waiting to come out. If he moved on, I think he would be sensational somewhere

In the long-term, I think they need two new full-backs, I think they need a passer in midfield. A lot of players at Tottenham at the moment, they run with the ball. Too many players don’t release the ball quickly. Winks is probably the only one who can do it, but is he an [Christian] Eriksen? That’s how Kane will score goals, good crosses coming in from your full-backs and a midfield player - Eriksen and Kane had that little bit of eye contact. I don’t think they’ve got that at the moment, I think too many players hold onto the ball for too long in midfield, and teams come in and crowd them out. There’s a lot of tactical work to be done on the training ground, but also individuals who need to up their game if they’re going to be in the [top five]