Glenn Hoddle could have the Sir Bobby Robson touch, says Kevin Beattie

Glenn Hoddle

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Ipswich Town legend Kevin Beattie believes Glenn Hoddle should be given another chance as England manager.

The Three Lions exited Euro 2016 in humiliating fashion on Monday night, losing 2-1 to Iceland in the last 16, with boss Roy Hodgson immediately quitting.

It’s now been 50 years of hurt since Sir Alf Ramsey won the World Cup and 26 years since Sir Bobby Robson led England to the semi-finals at Italia ‘90.

Beattie, capped nine times by his country, worked under both of those managers at Portman Road and says he sees a lot of similarities between Hoddle and Robson.

“I always say this, but ‘the boss’ was like a dad to the players,” said Beattie.


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“The England players loved playing for him. Everyone was always smiling. When he got angry you knew about it, but it never lasted long. He was a man you always wanted to go the extra mile for.

“I think Glenn Hoddle is that sort of manager. I know some people think I’ve gone bananas and will say ‘why go back?’ But I do think he could have the same touch as ‘the boss’.

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“He speaks so much sense, he was a fabulous player and a pretty decent manager for us last time (1996-99). I’d give him another go.

“I definitely think the job needs to go to an Englishman. We need to go back to the nuts and bolts of football and have a manager who can give us some identity and edge.”

Beattie continued: “There are so many issues that get brought up after a big tournament exit, but the biggest, for me, is the number of foreigners in the Premier League.

“Only 30% of players in the Premier League are English now – that’s just ridiculous. How are the good kids going to come through? The lack of proper reserve team football annoys me. Under-21 football is a waste of time and doesn’t prepare them for men’s football. The kids are just too pampered these days.

“In my time we cleaned the senior players’ boots, tidied the dressing room and then had an orange juice and a sarnie. Now they get made three-course meals and drive around in posh cars before they’ve done anything.

“What leaders are we producing? Joe Hart and (Wayne) Rooney are supposedly the best in this group. They are hardly Tony Adams, Terry Butcher or Mick Mills though are they?

“You need a whole team of leaders on the pitch who can make decisions and perform under pressure.”

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