Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has revealed his services were in high demand prior to joining Queens Park Rangers as first-team coach this week.
Set the serve under Harry Redknapp, Hoddle has been out of the game for eight years since his departure as the Wolves boss in 2006, before carving out a successful media career as a pundit.
The ex-Swindon, Chelsea, Tottenham and Southampton chief claims, however, that he hasn’t entertained the idea of managing again, despite fielding numerous offers in the meantime, including three for national teams just last week.
‘That really hasn't come into my thought pattern,’ he told Sky Sports. ‘I've had many offers - funnily enough I had three last week for national teams all around the world - but that's not on my agenda.
‘I've enjoyed my punditry and want to maintain that going forward. It was out of the blue that Harry asked me and it was that I'm the sort of person he wanted. I hope it can be a major advantage to QPR and I can enjoy working in the game again myself.
‘The main reason for me going back was simply that Harry asked me,’ he added. ‘He felt I could be an addition to the staff at QPR; it’s something he did with Steve McClaren in the past.
‘In terms of what I can bring, I love coaching players, I love looking at team shapes. I feel improving players is a strength of mine and I feel I have the experience to do that. That's what I hope to bring.
‘Also, it's a new experience for me. I like new challenges and to be a coach working under a manager is a first for me; it will be interesting. I have spoken to Kevin [Bond] and Joe [Jordan], met the staff and it will be exciting. I felt it was time to get my coaching head back on again.’
After his first spell with England from 1996 to 1999 ended in controversial circumstances, following comments he made to a newspaper, Hoddle has been tipped to fulfil the role again in the future, with the likes of Rio Ferdinand lending their backing to the Spurs legend.
For now, though, the 56-year-old will be expected to help implement a 3-5-2 system at QPR, having used the formation to great effect with the national team, as Redknapp’s side bid to avoid dropping straight back down to the Championship.