QPR appoint former England manager Glenn Hoddle as first-team coach
Queens Park Rangers have appointed Glenn Hoddle as their first-team coach ahead of the new Premier League season
Queens Park Rangers have appointed former England manager Glenn Hoddle to Harry Redknapp’s backroom staff ahead of the new Premier League season.
Hoddle, who previously managed the Hoops’s London rivals Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur as well as England, will work alongside current coaches Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.
After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I am looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that
QPR manager Redknapp expressed his delight at the arrival of the former Spurs manager.
“I am really pleased to bring Glenn in. I have been really lucky in the last couple of years to have had Steve Cotterill, Steve McClaren and Wally Downes work with us. They all did a fantastic job here,” Redknapp told QPR’s website.
“I spoke with the chairman about the possibility of bringing Glenn in, and he thought it was a great idea.
“Glenn will be great. He has a brilliant knowledge of the game and will be fantastic out on the training ground with the players.
“He is a hugely-respected coach and, like Steve, has managed his country. I decided if I was going to bring somebody in, I was going to go for somebody who was top class, and that’s what Glenn is.”
Hoddle, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career for Spurs and Monaco amongst other clubs, added: “I am really pleased to take up Harry’s offer to come in and work with him, Kevin and Joe.
“After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I am looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that.
“I have always loved coaching, and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work.”
Hoddle moved into management in the early 1990’s, guiding Swindon Town to the top-flight for the first time in their history in 1993.
He then spent three years at Chelsea, before taking over as England manager following the 1996 European championship, and being handed the task of leading the Three Lions to qualification for the 1998 World Cup.
Hoddle held roles at Southampton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton Wanderers thereafter and in 2008 opened the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain – aimed at giving young players another chance to make it in the game after being released by football clubs in England.