The reason Glenn Hoddle would be the perfect fit as Newcastle boss

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle is on Newcastle’s shortlist to be named as Alan Pardew’s successor at St James’ Park.

The former England boss is one of eight names shortlisted by managing director Lee Charnley to take the vacant managers role at Newcastle, and he is said to be keen on the job.

Despite currently working as a coach for Harry Redknapp at QPR, the 57-year-old is reportedly looking to find a way back into first-team management, and the Tyneside club could represent the perfect opportunity.

And as well as being helpful for Hoddle, he could turn out to be the perfect manager to return Newcastle to their previous greatness.

Renowned for his 3-5-2 system, utilising a sweeper and two man-marking central defenders ahead of him, Hoddle rose to prominence during his playing-management days with Chelsea in the early 1990’s - leading them to the 1994 FA Cup Final. An unfashionable side back then, the former Tottenham Hotspur midfielder - generally considered one of England’s misunderstood greats as a player - brought style to the Blues, and was instrumental in the arrivals of the likes of Ruud Gullit and Mark Hughes.

He left Stamford Bridge at the end of the 1995/96 season to take charge of England, leading them to the second round of the 1998 World Cup, and continuing with his bright, attacking 3-5-2 that won many plaudits, and a 60.71% win ratio that is only bettered by Alf Ramsey and Fabio Capello. After leaving England, he had spells with Southampton, Spurs and Wolves, but he has been out of the manager’s chair since 2006.

The big problem Alan Pardew showed at St James’ Park was the lack of identity shown by his teams, with a remarkably bland style of football doing little to endear him to the crowds - crowds who had previously been witness to the ‘Entertainer’ years under Kevin Keegan.

The Tyneside legend brought attacking football that has since come to characterise the club, as they came so close to securing the Premier League title on a couple of occasions. There has been no man who has since taken charge of the Magpies who has continued the Keegan tradition, and Hoddle is the candidate most suited to bringing enjoyment back to the North-East.

He will set his teams up to attack the ball, and his desire to see creative teamwork could see him get the most out of the host of technical stars currently on the Newcastle books.

The only problem that restricts Hoddle is his Southern upbringing, and it is the attribute that many disliked concerning Pardew. Having no knowledge of the Geordie tradition seems to have cost Pardew a lot of support, and, whilst Hoddle may come under the same criticisms, his style of play and approach to football is the most natural succession to what is now considered Tyneside tradition.

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