John Barnes and Gary Lineker lend their weight to the ‘Glenn Hoddle for England’ campaign

Date: Friday 1st July 2016 at 9:56 am
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FORMER international star John Barnes reckons Glenn Hoddle would be ‘a fantastic England manager’ – and Gary Lineker has also joined the campaign to get our Zapsportz leader back in the top job.

All sorts of names have been bandied about, but the general consensus of opinion seems to be that the FA should not go down the foreign route again.

After Roy Hodgson announced his resignation after the Iceland embarrassment, the search for a replacement has begun – with the bookies installing Under 21 boss Gareth Southgate as favourite.

The former Middlesbrough player and boss, however, has ruled out the prospect of taking over the national team. So why not Hoddle?

He coached the Three Lions between 1996 and 1999 and, okay so he’s been out of management since 2006, but he knows the game, understands the tactics needed – and has been there before.

The likes of Ray Wilkins and Trevor Steven have already stated the case for a Hoddle return; now Barnes and Lineker have given their backing to their former England teammate. They can’t all be wrong.

TitanBet brand ambassador Barnes believes Hoddle would be the ideal option and, speaking to FootballFanCast, the 79-cap England man said: “I think Glenn Hoddle knows about modern football and getting the best out of players and playing in a way to be successful.

“For me, Hoddle was the right man before and if you want an English manager now, coaches such as Gareth Southgate don’t have the necessary experience.

“What they’ll [the FA] have to do is give Hoddle the mandate to do what he wants to do.

“We’ve pampered the players too much in the past. We’ve said ‘you’re great players, you should go out there and win’, but we need a coach who will be strong and be one the players will have to listen to, so I think Glenn Hoddle would be a fantastic England manager.”

Match of the Day presenter Lineker, one of England’s leading marksmen, agrees and adds on BBC 5Live: “You could go down the route of a foreigner, but that has not worked before.

“Do you go back to perhaps Glenn Hoddle? He was one of England’s best coaches.

“Hoddle has been out of the game for a while, but he understands the game technically. He is the kind of guy who understands how to get over to players how to play in various systems.”


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