QPR have appointed former England manager Glenn Hoddle to Harry Redknapp’s backroom staff ahead of the new Barclays Premier League season.
Hoddle will work alongside current coaches Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.
Speaking exclusively to www.qpr.co.uk
, Redknapp expressed his delight at the arrival of the former Spurs manager, commenting: “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.
“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 90’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 Championships, and being handed the task of leading the Three Lions to qualification for the 1998 World Cup.
Italy were also in England’s World Cup qualifying group and proved to be the main obstacle. They beat the Three Lions 1-0 at Wembley and left Hoddle’s men in need of draw in Rome to guarantee their place at the Finals. In what was a hugely hard-fought and memorable game England came away with the required point, topped their qualifying group and sealed their berth at France ’98.
Hoddle had always attempted to translate his creative playing style into his managerial strategy and the World Cup proved no different, despite England falling at the last 16 stage to Argentina in a heart-breaking penalty shoot-out.
Hoddle would only hold the England reins for a further four games after the World Cup, handing over to another former Three Lions star, Kevin Keegan.
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.