Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle (born 27 October 1957) is an English former football player and manager. He currently works as a television pundit and commentator for ITV Sport and BT Sport.

Glenn Hoddle
Hoddle in 2014
Personal information
Full name Glenn Hoddle[1]
Date of birth (1957-10-27) 27 October 1957 (age 63)
Place of birth Hayes, Middlesex, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Youth career
1970–1975 Tottenham Hotspur
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1987 Tottenham Hotspur 377 (88)
1987–1991 Monaco 69 (27)
1991–1993 Swindon Town 67 (2)
1993–1995 Chelsea 31 (1)
Total 544 (135)
National team
1976–1980 England U21 12 (2)
1979–1988[2] England 53 (8)
Teams managed
1991–1993 Swindon Town (player/manager)
1993–1996 Chelsea (player/manager)
1996–1999 England
2000–2001 Southampton
2001–2003 Tottenham Hotspur
2004–2006 Wolverhampton Wanderers
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He played as a midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England. In 2007, he was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame, which cited him as one of the most gifted and creative English footballers of his generation, exhibiting "sublime balance and close control, unrivalled passing and vision and extraordinary shooting ability, both from open play and set pieces".[3][4] He was also known for his tactical intelligence and work-rate.[5]

He has been manager of Swindon Town (earning promotion to the Premier League), Chelsea (taking them to the FA Cup final), Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur (reaching a League Cup final) and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He managed England to the second round of the 1998 FIFA World Cup, where they lost to Argentina on penalties. He was dismissed from the England job in 1999 for a newspaper interview in which he was widely interpreted as saying that disabled people are affected by karma from past lives.[6] He said that his words were "misconstrued, misunderstood and misinterpreted" and that disabled people had his "overwhelming support, care, consideration and dedication".[7]