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I'm too young to remember Glenn Hoddle the player. When he hung up his boots at Stamford Bridge I was 9 years old and my tribal dedication to Queens Park Rangers was fully formed, so anything going on down the road was of no interest to me. Back then it was all about Kevin Gallen, Power Rangers and my latest year 5 crush.

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But the older, tubbier and balder I got, the more the older, tubbier and balder men around me spoke of his prowess. How he seemed to play the game at his own pace, how he didn't need quick feet as his mind was light years ahead of everyone and how his passing was almost ethereal.

It can only be a huge boost for Rangers that someone like Hoddle has been added to the backroom staff at the Harlington training ground. A set of eyes that sees things inherently differently to the Holy Trinity of Harry Redknapp, Joe Jordan and Kevin Bond.

Hoddle is the second former England manager Redknapp has managed to bring in during his reign, following Steve McClaren's three-month sojourn in West London last year, and there are few teams in the country that can boast such an impressive past and present list of coaches.

There are negatives -- there always are -- but I think they're permissible. He's been out of the game a long time -- it is eight years since he left his last post at Wolves -- but that means he hasn't been job-hopping, meaning he's had plenty of time to watch an awful lot of football.


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His tenure at England was impressive -- a 60 percent win rate -- but it ended on a sour note when he revealed some controversial opinions. In the four years I've been a sports reporter, though, I've come across the Spurs hero on a number of occasions. Each and every time he's been accommodating and helpful, although he has also been keen to insert himself in to the running for managerial jobs.

Hoddle has been linked with Chelsea or Tottenham when they have parted company with a manager. Hence, I think Hoddle will be the next QPR manager. Redknapp admitted he would have quit the club had they not won promotion in May and that will not have gone unnoticed by the powers that be.

When Hoddle was player-manager at Swindon he was there to get experience to prepare him to eventually take over at Chelsea; the fact he managed to be Swindon's best player by a mile -- and one of the greatest in the club's history -- even in the twilight of his career was sublimely incidental.

I see this move as being very similar. I think this will be Redknapp's last season at QPR. It seems unlikely he is interested in returning to the Championship and if he keeps Rangers up then he will have achieved another goal, but "top-flight consolidation" will never sound as spectacular as "playoff final winner."

When people speak of Hoddle you hear terms such as football genius, master of the sweeper system, maestro of the 3-5-2 formation. Soon I think we'll hear the identically prestigious title of Queens Park Rangers manager.


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