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Former Tottenham Hotspur player Gary Stevens confident that Glenn Hoddle could succeed if he returns to the club

Updated: Monday, 16 Dec 2013 22:23 | Comments

Glenn Hoddle has previously managed Tottenham and England
Glenn Hoddle has previously managed Tottenham and England


Former Tottenham Hotspur player Gary Stevens sees Glenn Hoddle as a leading contender for the manager’s job at White Hart Lane.

In a wide-ranging discussion with RTÉ analyst Eamon Dunphy and presenter Damien O'Meara on Game On this evening following the sacking of André Villas-Boas, the UEFA Cup winner said he views it as an ideal time for Hoddle to return to the club.

He stated: "As far as I'm concerned it is an incredibly attractive opportunity.

"There is so much talent there. Look at the players that have that talent but haven't yet performed for Spurs.

"Eric Lamela hasn't performed, Roberto Soldado, give him chances and he will score goals.

"(Nacer) Chadli has great ability but has not produced yet.

"(Etienne) Capoue I think is a fine player. Aaron Lennon gives you plenty of width, the whole squad is littered with talent.

"AVB is the one that has paid the price, the next man in is going to be the really lucky one.

"They are big shoes to fill and it is a tough job for certain but there are a huge number of out of work coaches at the moment looking at it with great interest.

"I think Glenn Hoddle has matured as a person and would be an ideal man to go in there and work with that quality of player.

"Some people will say that Glenn has not been involved in the game for a number of years but I think he has been in terms of studying, following and watching the game and I would be very tempted to put him forward as a very strong candidate."

"I think Glenn Hoddle has matured as a person and would be an ideal man to go in there," - Gary Stevens

Dunphy, meanwhile, sees the vacancy as Spurs as off-putting for potential managers given the dismissal of both Villas-Boas and previously Harry Redknapp from the club.

On the removal of AVB, Dunphy said: "I think he was in a impossible situation but he has been in that before with (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich. He is not in control of the club. He agreed to Franco Baldini going in there as Director of Football.

"The chairman, Daniel Levy, we know is hands-on, and the whole Bale soap opera lasted throughout the summer. Before that the Luka Modric soap opera lasted throughout that summer. Who would want to work for Spurs and this guy?

"Harry Redknapp did a brilliant job, he got them in the Champions League and they got rid of him.

"We don't know how good AVB is because he has been in two pretty impossible situations, he knows one thing, that the rest of don't, which is how to get lots of money from rich men.

"He gives me the impression he is one of these clipboard coaches, he talks a good game but he is not a seasoned football man. That is where they might be heading now.

"They are still in position where they could qualify for the Champions League. Spurs are not in the bottom half. He had to bring in seven, eight or nine players in the summer. You simply can't bring players in and integrate them into a squad and make them a team in 10-12 weeks.

"Nobody can do it, God couldn't do it and he accepted this way of running the club. If you're not your own man, somewhere along the line you are going to get chopped.

"It isn't an attractive job at all. You won't be making the decisions but you will have the responsibility for the results.

"You just can't work that way, in the English game in particular, unless you have a really close relationship between the manager and the director of football.”

Dunphy feels QPR boss Redknapp should be given a second chance at Tottenham having been dismissed by the club in June 2012.

He is concerned that Hoddle has spent too long out of management.

Dunphy concluded: "I feel it is a very significant factor, if it was my club I'd get Harry Redknapp and say there you go Harry. You would have a team within a few weeks.

"Harry would have Joe Jordan with him, a good backroom team, the players loved him, and he would be my choice. My big question if I was a Spurs shareholder is why Harry isn't there."

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