Friday, 30 March 2012

Hoddle ready for England

The England manager's position is still vacant despite this summer's European Championships edging closer and closer. Harry Redknapp's name has been linked to the job since Fabio Capello resigned, even before the Italian left many believed the Spurs manager was the man to lead England.

Despite all the talk, Redknapp doesn't appear to be any closer to being named as the national team's boss for this summer's tournament. If anything, talk has begun to drift away from Redknapp's name and on to others. Spurs have maintained that they are not keen to lose their manager, and Harry, himself, has insisted he is more than happy to continue with his role at White Hart Lane. People looking at the betting online will be wondering what will happen next.

Other names have started to be mentioned; from Roy Hodgson to current Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce – who lead England in their friendly against Holland last month. Also linked with the job has been former England manager Glenn Hoddle, who enjoyed a successful three year spell in the job before an admittedly messy episode resulted in his exit.

The former Chelsea head coach has recently been backed by a host of former England players, who all seem to believe Hoddle could be the man to step into the breach for this summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine. Fans of Betfair will be shocked if he is though.

Hoddle has made it clear he would love the chance to manage his country again, revealing he believes a caretaker manager could do a good job this summer if Redknapp didn't take the job, highlighting the role Stuart Lancaster had done with the England rugby team, as an example.

"Look at how a caretaker has worked for the England rugby team in the 6 Nations - they've done fantastically."

"So I'd back the FA if they decided not to go for a full-time manager yet. If Harry goes and does well, fine."