Richard Keys: Glenn Hoddle or Rafael Benitez for Newcastle United managerial job

Harry Redknapp with Glenn Hoddle at QPR training

Richard Keys says that Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle and ex-Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez would be good appointments for Newcastle United.

Renowned sports presenter Richard Keys believes that former Tottenham Hotspur manager Glenn Hoddle would be the perfect man for the Newcastle United job.

Spurs legend Hoddle has been linked with the vacant managerial position at the Magpies and is reported to be one of a number of candidates.

The 57-year-old is currently working as a first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers, and former Sky Sports presenter Keys has backed him to be a success at Newcastle if he gets the job.

“Who would I give it to? Glenn Hoddle. Without a doubt,” he wrote on his website. “He’d find a brand of football that Geordies would love and he MIGHT win something to go with it. Only 'might' though.”

Keys has also named his second-choice candidate for the Newcastle job, a name that all Liverpool and Chelsea fans will be familiar with.

“There's no guarantee of success,” he wrote. “As Newcastle know only too well, but the next best thing is Rafa Benitez.

“I don't like him. I can't think of a more selfish man that's worked in the P Lge. Success is always 'his' - failure is the 'team's'.

“His work is only ever about improving his CV. But it's an impressive CV. He wins trophies. And how desperately Newcastle need a trophy.”

Hoddle is one of the most respected figures in the game, and his appointment could do wonders for Newcastle.

Given how Newcastle are run, it cannot be said for certain that the Englishman will be able to win trophies. He will perhaps make the team more competitive, but at this point it is unlikely that the Magpies will win a major title.

Rafael Benitez, currently managing Napoli, will be an interesting choice, and although his name has been mentioned in regard to the Newcastle job in the media, it is unlikely that it would happen.

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