After 7 years out of the game, why is Glenn Hoddle in such demand now?

Glenn Hoddle

The former England manager has been linked with West Brom and even a return to Spurs.

You would have to cast your mind back to 2006 to remember when Glenn Hoddle last managed a club. It was Wolverhampton Wanderers at that time, and he guided them to a seventh place finish in the Championship that year. The fans didn't deem it to be good enough however and although the board kept faith, Hoddle himself stepped down.

One of the greatest English players of his generation, he had a very promising start to life as a manager. His first job was at Swindon Town where he combined a player-manager role. The club was suffering after financial problems, but in his second season in charge he guided them up to the Premier League via the new Division One play-offs in 1993. Hoddle himself scored the first goal of the play-off final victory over Leicester City.

He didn't manage Swindon in the top flight, as he took the job at Chelsea. He was very successful in cup competitions with them despite not progressing too much in the league. Hoddle was impressing as a young manager and in 1996 England came calling, and he took over from Terry Venables.

Hoddle brought a nice, fluid style of play to the England team and took them to the 1998 World Cup after a hard-fought draw with Italy, in Rome. In a memorable game, England were knocked out on penalties by Argentina. Hoddle had been criticised for adding faith healer Eileen Drewery to the backroom staff. In 1999, he made comments regarding disabled people are suffering due to karma from previous lives. His comments were condemned and he was sacked as England manager.

He returned to the game with Southampton, keeping them up, and then moving on to Tottenham Hotspur. Hoddle wanted to bring success back to the club and despite a few good runs in cup competitions again the former player could not improve the club's mid-table mediocrity in the league. He finished 9th and 10th in his two full seasons with the club. He was sacked after a  poor start to the 2003-2004 season before moving on to Wolves.

Hoddle has been praised for his work with his own academy. The Glenn Hoddle Academy gives younger players another chance in football after being released by clubs. Ikechi Anya now of Watford was part of the academy in Spain, and it led to him getting a lot of chances in that country. He was on the books of Sevilla, and Celta Vigo before returning to England. Hoddle has said that he has received 26 management offers since he started his academy.

He has returned to the limelight after recently being added to the FA panel which will look at reviving the national teams fortunes. Mark Lawrenson has said Hoddle would be a good appointment for West Bromwich Albion believing that he is a good footballing guy and would be right for the club.

Another Match of the Day pundit, Gary Lineker said after Andre Villas-Boas' dismissal that Hoddle should be given another chance at this level. He wrote on Twitter "Would love to see Glenn Hoddle given another chance at this level. Has a brilliant football mind."

Hoddle's managerial career has had it's fair share of ups and downs, but after seven years out of the game is he ready to return? Many people think he still has a lot to offer. He has been on our televisions a lot recently as a pundit, and has come back into the limelight. I would still be very surprised if West Brom or Spurs did make a move for him though.

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