Tottenham Hotspur manager's job: Glenn Hoddle claims he came close to taking the position after Ande-Villas Boas was sacked
The role at White Hart Lane was eventually given to Tim Sherwood
Friday 21 March 2014
Glenn Hoddle claims he came close to returning as Tottenham manager following Andre-Villas Boas' sacking.
The former England boss was at the White Hart Lane helm between 2001 and 2003, but that stint was far less successful than his distinguished playing career with the club.
Despite that and the fact he has been without a job in club management since being sacked by Wolves in 2006, Hoddle has made little secret of his desire to manage Spurs once more.
The 56-year-old claims that nearly happened in December when Villas-Boas departed, only for Tim Sherwood to eventually be named successor.
"I nearly went there this time round until the end of the season," Hoddle told BBC London. "I said I was prepared to do that.
"I wouldn't have been prepared to do it for any other club apart from Tottenham because it's in my DNA.
"Although I've had great times at other clubs, there's just something in there about Tottenham and myself that goes back to when I was eight years old.
"So if that was the case, and it nearly became the case, I would have been happy to go back, but they made their decision and they've moved on."
While understandably frustrated not to get the job, Hoddle cannot have failed to be impressed by the manner in which Sherwood began life at White Hart Lane.
Things have gone awry of late, though, and the under-fire boss only narrowly avoided overseeing a fourth straight defeat in Thursday's Europa League last-16 tie at Benfica.
The 2-2 draw in Lisbon may not have been enough to see them through the quarter-finals, but helped restore some pride towards the end of a campaign in which Spurs' £100million-plus summer outlay has disappointed.
"There hasn't been enough continuity and consistency there on and off the pitch," Hoddle said on the season to date. "The signings that were made at the start of the season for nearly £100million haven't really produced. I've got to say that.
"Maybe they might produce next year once they've settled in and had another year in the Premier League but I think things need to settle.
"If you're going to do anything you need a steady boat rather than a boat that keeps being rocked.
"The amount of money that's been spent there, I'd imagine that the fans and the club itself, you know, directors, would be looking and wanting a bit more consistency but they've got to show consistency off the pitch to get it on it."
Latest in Sport
Anthony Martial: 'It's normal Wayne Rooney doesn't know who I am..and it's up to me to justify €80m price tag'
Manchester United can learn lessons from the transfer template of rivals Manchester City
Pavement The Forum, London
Arsene Wenger uses Anthony Martial's €80m move to Manchester United to defend Arsenal's transfer inactivity this summer
Louis van Gaal labelled a 'scoundrel' over Javier Hernandez penalty reaction during Manchester United win
- 1 Huawei Mate S and Huawei Watch: new products take on iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch
- 2 More than 11,000 Icelanders offer to house Syrian refugees to help European crisis
- 5 German police forced to ask public to stop bringing donations for refugees arriving by train
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Senior British politicians tell David Cameron: When dead children are being washed up on beaches – it's time to act
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
If these extraordinarily powerful images of a dead Syrian child washed up on a beach don't change Europe's attitude to refugees, what will?
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up