Former England boss Hoddle to be part of FA commission
Wednesday 09 October 2013
Football Association chairman Greg Dyke will ask former England manager Glenn Hoddle to take a seat on the commission looking into the health of English football, 14 years after he was sacked as national team manager, BBC Sport has reported.
Hoddle led the England side following Euro ’96, replacing Terry Venables, and reached the quarter-finals of the 1998 World Cup where England lost on penalties to Argentina. Hoddle lost his job after making comments regarding his religious beliefs and the disabled.
It has been revealed that Dyke consulted Hoddle prior to making a speech in September in which he laid down his aims for the England team. Dyke and Hoddle are said to have met twice in recent months and Hoddle will sit on the commission alongside former players and members of the FA board and representatives from the PFA and LMA.
Hoddle recently spoke to a website on the subject of the England team. “We've got foreign owners, who bring in foreign managers, who bring in foreign players above English players and it's a downward spiral,” he said, adding: “The England manager's job is a hard job as it is and it's going to get harder and harder unless we readdress it with a rule change.”
A player with Tottenham Hotspur and Monaco, and then player-manager at Swindon Town and Chelsea, Hoddle won 53 England caps between 1979 and 1988. Following his exit from the England job, he went on to manage Southampton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers, leaving the Midlands club in 2006.
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