Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has ruled himself out of the Newcastle United job.
Premier League outfit Newcastle are looking for a full-time manager following the departure of Alan Pardew to Crystal Palace.
Hoddle, currently working as a first-team coach at Queens Park Rangers, is reported to be one of the candidates to succeed Pardew at St. James’ Park.
However, the 57-year-old former Wolverhampton Wanderers and Tottenham manager, insists that he is not interested in taking charge of Newcastle.
“There has been a lot of speculation,” Hoddle told Zapsportz.com. “The media have been chasing me for a reaction to being heavily linked to the vacant Newcastle job. All I am prepared to say is that I’m really enjoying the challenge of trying to keep QPR up this season.
“Harry (Redknapp) gave me the chance to tip my toe back into coaching water, and I’m up for the challenge. I’ve enjoyed working with Harry and the team – and I’ve enjoyed working with Harry and the staff.
“I’m looking forward to the second half of the season and the challenges that will bring in our attempt to stay up.”
“Although I have never shut the door on management I’m happy doing what I’m doing now with QPR,” added the Englishman.
Hoddle’s statement makes it clear that he is unavailable for any managerial jobs until the end of the season, which means that there is one fewer candidate for Newcastle.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has also made it clear that he is not looking to move to Newcastle (click here to read more).
Former Lyon boss Remi Garde and Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale are reported to be two of the remaining candidates.