Harry won’t be worried but is QPR job just a stepping stone for Hoddle?
Harry Redknapp’s never worried about the significance of having a big name assistant manager.
If it’s good for the club, it’s good for him. At the start of last season things were going great guns for Queens Park Rangers and at that time Steve McClaren was his number two but when he left to take the reins at Derby County, Rangers faltered slightly.
And as seen with McClaren and Derby, Harry will not stand in the way if any other club comes in for one of his coach’s services.
Getting Glenn Hoddle to join him at Loftus Road is a wonderful catch.
Glenn was a brilliant England manager. It wasn’t his ability to get his teams to play football that cost him but it was obviously things that were said that got him the boot from his role with England.
If he’s successful with Harry then he has a fabulous opportunity to get back into the management game at the very top level.
Glenn will definitely see this as a stepping stone towards getting the top job at a big club and maybe even one day landing the England role again.
Don’t get me wrong, being a pundit is the best job in the world and it’s something I want to do for the rest of my life but for someone like Glenn Hoddle he wants to get back into the game as a coach.
He feels he’s got unfinished business as a manager or a coach and I can tell you he still has eyes on the top job at White Hart Lane. He definitely feels there is unfinished business with Spurs.
There are plenty of former pundits out there who just can’t walk away from wanting to coach again and Glenn’s no different.
He doesn’t want to just sit on the sofa and talk about the game, he want a hands-on role and I say good luck to him.
Hockaday appointment doesn’t add up but all managers deserve a chance
There’s not much chance of me pulling the tracksuit on again and getting back into management.
The shelf life of a manager nowadays is getting even shorter in the lower leagues. Clubs are just too impatient and if the manager shows any signs of things not working out in the first 12 months then he’s a goner.
It’s as simple as that.
Leeds is one of my former clubs and I still live in the area with a lot of my mates still following the club on a regular basis and it’s been a really difficult time for everyone associated with the club.
I know the new manager David Hocakday. I played with him at Swindon donkey’s years ago and it’s a difficult one.
If you get the sack as Forest Green Rovers manager it’s a 1,000,000/1 chance that you’ll get a job in the Championship. And when you do, to get a club like Leeds United, it just doesn’t add up.
But he’s got it and you just hope he can make the best of it. It won’t be easy though, not under the current circumstances.
From David Hockaday’s point of view, every time they have a bad result people will say “well he’s only a non-league manager, what gives him the right to be in charge at a Championship club?”
The only way he can get rid of that stigma is by winning football matches.
But everyone deserves an opportunity. There are plenty of unknowns who have gone in to jobs and done well.
Look at Aidy Boothroyd who went into Watford. Nobody knew who he was and questioned how he’d got that type of job but he just proved himself.
For Italian owner Massimo Cellino it has also been a bit of a shock to the system because he has found out the club doesn’t own anything apart from the players.
It’s a work in progress at the moment to get Leeds back in the big time and I’m sure if Cellino was a billionaire he would have invested heavily to turn it around but at the moment he is just one on a long list of people that are trying their best but finding it hard under the circumstances
Pellegrini right to say there are six in the mix for Premier League title
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has come out and said there are as many as six teams challenging for the Premier League this season.
City have won it twice in the last three years now, and they’re going for three in the last four years.
For them to establish themselves as one of the top clubs in the world, like their neighbours Manchester United have, he knows that not only have they got to win the league again, to make it three out of four, they’ve got to do well in Europe to be on the same level as their rivals.
So, from his perspective the more he can play it down this year, the better.
He knows that he’s got to try and take the pressure off as much as possible.
But to be fair to him I don’t think he is playing it down.
Everton will be better than they were last year. Arsenal will be better, Chelsea will be better.
You know Jose Mourinho can start talking about the current Blues crop being his team now. The permutations that he has up front in Drogba, Costa, Fabregas or Torres are better than the options he had last season.
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