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Hoddle still in serious condition after heart attack

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LONDON (AP) Former England player and manager Glenn Hoddle remains in a serious condition in hospital after suffering a heart attack in a TV studio.

In a statement reported by Britain’s Press Association on Sunday, an unnamed spokesman for Hoddle said he “continues to respond well to treatment” a day after collapsing.

The statement said “doctors have advised the most important thing for Glenn is time to rest.”

The 61-year-old Hoddle was at BT Sport studios as a pundit when he fell ill and was taken to a hospital in London.

Hoddle played 53 times for England and also coached team from 1996-99, handing David Beckham his international debut. He played for Tottenham, Chelsea and Monaco.

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Glenn Hoddle collapses at TV studios, “seriously ill”

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Legendary figure Glenn Hoddle has been taken “seriously ill” after collapsing at the BT Sport studios on Saturday.

It is believed Hoddle, who is celebrating his 61st birthday on Saturday, was taken ill just after a show went off air. He was seen playing table football tennis (Teqball) with other hosts and guests which included Robbie Savage, Steve Sidwell and Harry Redknapp.

The Tottenham, Chelsea and England legend was due to be part of BT Sports’ Score program which commentates on the live action across the UK as it happens.

That show was cancelled and host Jake Humprhey revealed that their coverage of Leicester City vs. West Ham will go ahead as planned later on Saturday.

“Our friend & colleague Glenn Hoddle was taken seriously ill at the BT Sport studio this morning. Everyone of us is right with you Glenn, sending love & strength,” Humprhey’s said.

BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker added: “Hugely worrying news that Glenn Hoddle collapsed at the BT studios earlier. Thoughts are with him and his family. Come on Glenn.”

The former England manager was regarded as one of the most talented English players of all time and had a glittering playing career at Tottenham, Chelsea, AS Monaco and Swindon.

He has also coached Chelsea, Southampton and Tottenham in the Premier League, as well as Wolves in the second-tier and he guided Swindon Town to PL promotion in 1993.

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle joins Harry Redknapp’s staff at QPR

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Another big name coach is aboard the good ship Queens Park Rangers as it departs for another stint in the Premier League.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has joined the staff of Harry Redknapp for the 2014/15 season, taking on the role of first team coach.

Hoddle, 56, ran the Three Lions from 1996-99, moving them into the second round of 1998 World Cup where they lost on penalties to Argentina.

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Previous to that, he was player/manager of Swindon Town and Chelsea, and he ran Southampton, Tottenham and Wolverhampton once he was done as England boss.

Hoddle has been out of management since 2006, running the Glenn Hoddle Academy and working as a pundit. The academy is in Spain and aims at keeping released players active for their next professional stint.

From QPR.co.uk:

Hoddle, who enjoyed an illustrious playing career for Spurs and Monaco amongst other clubs, added: “I am really pleased to take up Harry’s offer to come in and work with him, Kevin and Joe.
“After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I am looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that.
“I have always loved coaching, and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work.”

The cynic in me says now we know who’ll be first team boss when Redknapp is canned, but the addition is certainly not a bad one for the Loftus Road club (Hoddle says he won’t manage until his academy can run itself).

Glenn Hoddle reportedly ready to take over Spurs, if he has the chance

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It’s been over 10 years since Glenn Hoddle managed at Tottenham, but in the wake of André Villas-Boas’s departure, the 56-year-old Spurs icon wants another shot. At least, that’s what we can infer after a website founded by the former Chelsea, Southampton, and England boss claimed the man who scored 110 times as a Spurs midfielder is “certainly willing to help if the club makes an approach.”

Hoddle has not managed since his time at Wolverhampton Wanderers ended in 2006. In two-plus seasons with Tottenham from 2001 to 2003, the 53-time England international guided his former club of ninth and 10th place finishes. After a slow start to the 2003-04 campaign, however, Hoddle was fired while his team sat in the relegation zone.

After a 20-year playing career that featured stops at Tottenham, Monaco, Swindon and Chelsea (the last two as player-managers), Hoddle embarked on a coaching career that saw him leave Stamford Bridge for the Three Lions in 1996. With England coming off the failure to qualify for U.S.A. 1994, Hoddle steered his country to France 1998, where they were eliminated on penalty kicks to Argentina. When he was dismissed amid a media controversy a year later, Hoddle had the second-highest winning percentage among England coaches, surpassed by only Alf Ramsey.

Now, having stepped forward via a post on Zapsportz.com (the site Hoddle co-founded), Hoddle is making a play for his former job, with other respected names backing his efforts to take over at White Hart Lane.

A story on a website co-founded by Hoddle suggested he is awaiting a call from White Hart Lane and read: “Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club makes an approach.”

The former Tottenham owner Sir Alan Sugar, the ex-Spurs striker Gary Lineker and Hoddle’s former Spurs team-mate Ossie Ardiles are all backing the 56-year-old’s appointment.

“For me, the man for the job is Glenn Hoddle,” Ardiles, the Spurs manager from 1993 to 1994, told TalkSport. “I think he is a wonderful manager and he is a lot more mature, so I think he will be a wonderful choice. He knows everything about the Premier League and Spurs especially.”

Beyond the obvious links to Spurs, part of what makes Hoddle an attractive candidate is his preferred style. As both a player and a coach, Hoddle has been associated with a more technical, creative approach than has typically be used in the English leagues, and while the influx of talent (both playing and coaching) from Europe has changed how the game is played in the Premier League, Hoddle’s preferred approach still distinguishes him from some of the other candidates being linked with Spurs’ job. With a philosophy that suits the more continental squad he’d inherit, Hoddle does seem like a good fit, if only superficially so.

Is he the best fit, out of the names being mentioned? Perhaps not. A club like Spurs can go out and get most coaches in the world, especially if they’re willing to compensate a team that’s locked up their target. Hoddle may be more available than, say, a Mauricio Pochettino, but does that make him a better choice?

Regardless, Tottenham could do a lot worse than giving Glenn Hoddle a chance through May. If they concluded André Villas-Boas needed to go, an iconic player with historic ties to the club would be a decent change of course.