FORMER England international Kevin Beattie sees a lot of similarities between Sir Bobby Robson and Glenn Hoddle, and believes the Tottenham legend can emulate – even better – the achievements of the great man he will always refer to as ‘the boss’.
It’s now been 50 years of hurt since Sir Alf Ramsey won the World Cup and 26 years since Sir Bobby led England to the semi-finals at Italia ‘90.
Beattie, capped nine times by his country, worked under both of those managers at Portman Road and says he sees a lot of similarities between Hoddle and Robson.
“I always say this, but ‘the boss’ was like a dad to the players,” said Beattie.
“The England players loved playing for him. Everyone was always smiling. When he got angry you knew about it, but it never lasted long. He was a man you always wanted to go the extra mile for.
“I think Glenn Hoddle is that sort of manager. I know some people think I’ve gone bananas and will say ‘why go back?’ But I do think he could have the same touch as ‘the boss’.
“He speaks so much sense, he was a fabulous player and a pretty decent manager for us last time (1996-99). I’d give him another go.
The odds on Hoddle returning to the hottest seat in English football have been dramatically cut by bookies from 28/1 to 4/1. A reflection of the national feeling.
Over 70 per cent have voted for Glenn to be re-instated as England boss, so maybe it’s time to listen to the public and the pundits.