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Hoddle shouldn’t be reincarnated as Tottenham boss

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Despite his infamous views on karma, Glenn Hoddle apparently believes he should not be prevented from being reborn to the Tottenham manager’s role despite sins committed in his previous jobs.

Because, quite remarkably, there is a campaign building for Hoddle to be reincarnated as Spurs boss in the wake of the departure of Andre Villas-Boas – a campaign in part inspired, it seems, by the man himself.

A scenario which to most right-minded football fans might seem ludicrous – a manager who has been out of the game for seven years taking over at one of England’s biggest clubs (Joe Kinnear? - ED) – is getting some momentum behind it.

The man to start pushing the Hoddle bandwagon was Gary Lineker, perma-grinning MOTD host, who wiped the crisp detritus from his fingers long enough to bang out a tweet tipping his former international team-mate to get the gig.

The fact Hoddle is back en vogue somewhat – and was considered for the England Under-21 job which went to Gareth Southgate earlier in the year – appears to be based almost entirely on the fact that he is not a half-bad pundit on Sky Sports and has some level of insight.

The Hairdryer would argue this is faulty criteria when considering a managerial appointment – but then again it probably is preventing Dean Windass from getting in control of a team, so is not entirely without merit.

Counter-intuitively, Hoddle’s reputation has benefitted hugely from his absence from the game. As the years tick by we seem to be forgetting the end of his increasingly desperate time as Wolves manager and instead it is the brighter, more durable memories of Michael Owen’s goal against Argentina that spring to mind and a summer when, albeit briefly, England appeared capable of playing progressive football.

Those were Hoddle’s halcyon days – brought to an abrupt end by the one-two punch of heartbreak in St Etienne followed by his reprehensible comments regarding disabled people and karma.

Subsequent managerial stints at Southampton, Tottenham and Wolves did little to suggest this is a manager who can excel at the top level in the Premier League. He left Spurs – the club he represented so vivaciously as a player – in September 2003 after a poor start to the season. This was a failed experiment, albeit one drenched in emotion.

Football has moved on frighteningly quickly in the intervening years – what evidence do we have that Hoddle is a man who can operate at the cutting edge?

In recent years he has been operating an academy in Spain with the intention of giving a second chance to youngsters cut loose from the professional game. A laudable enterprise, no doubt, but suitable qualification to take command of a multi-million pound squad and deliver Champions League football?

Oh, and there is the small matter of his website, too.

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The Hairdryer is a stickler for the English language – it hunts down rogue apostrophes like a man possessed –so to learn that Hoddle is co-owner of a website named Zapsportz.com – ‘Sportz Newz with attitude’ – left it ever more convinced he is not the right man for this job, or indeed any job with spelling as a prerequisite.

If you can avoid clicking to go to the ‘Zapzone’, whatever that may be, you might see a slew of articles punting the website’s co-founder for the Tottenham job – ‘Gary Stevens backs “mature” Hoddle for Spurs’ being a case in point.

Curiously, this website also makes the claim in one of its articles that "Zapsportz.com understands that Hoddle will certainly help if the club makes an approach."

Quite how they failed to get Hoddle on the phone is a mystery, but nevertheless, this, apparently, is his pitch for the Spurs job, and what a compelling one it is. How could Daniel Levy be anything other than completely convinced?

A zany website, and a fading, underwhelming record, does not a top Premier League manager make.

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