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Hoddle Tips Capello For England
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Hoddle Tips Capello For England

Posted on November 25, 2007


Glenn Hoddle has urged the Football Association to appoint Fabio Capello as the next England manager.

Capello has enjoyed a glittering coaching career at some of Europe’s greatest clubs including AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid, winning a vast array of silverware including the Champions League.

Former England boss Hoddle insists Capello is the right man to lead the Three Lions following the disastrous reign of Steve McClaren, which ended on Thursday.

But Hoddle would like to see an English understudy working alongside the Italian with a view to eventually succeeding him.

“If the FA want a foreign coach then it needs to be someone who has done well at the highest level,” he told Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek programme.

“The man who fits that description is Capello. He’s my number one choice for the job.

“I feel the successful candidate must have vast experience at all levels if the FA are to opt for a foreign manager.”

Hoddle continued: “I would allow Capello to bring one of his assistants in that he could work off.

“But I would have an English guy operating alongside him who would be groomed to eventually take over.

“It doesn’t have to be a young man but guys like Stuart Pearce, Alan Shearer, Steve Coppell are possibilities.”

Hoddle, who managed England between 1996 and 1999, believes Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp is the obvious choice if the FA refuse to look overseas.

“If the FA are going to go English, then there aren’t too many candidates,” he said.

“But if he has to be English I would go for Harry Redknapp. He can handle players and knows how the game should be played.

“He’s done a great job at Portsmouth and would get the best out of the players.

“The FA would probably not go for a character like Henry. But it’s time to get who we feel is the right person in there rather than someone who fits the mould.”

Hoddle believes the traditional selection process for appointing the England manager is flawed with the FA powerbrokers lacking hands-on football experience.

Instead the Tottenham legend, who won 53 caps, believes former England coaches like himself should be consulted during the selection process.

“The FA have to be honest with themselves. They’re men who love football and try their best but they’ve worked in other businesses,” he said.

“It doesn’t make sense to me that we have people making decisions on the England job when they haven’t been in at the deep end of game.

“They don’t have the experience of playing or managing. Sir Trevor Brooking is someone who should be high up the decision-making scale.

“Possibly people like Sir Bobby Charlton could be involved, as should former England managers – guys like myself, Bobby Robson, Graham Taylor and Terry Venables.

“They should ask what our problems were. Once we had been consulted a much healthier decision could be made. But the FA have never done that.”

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