Souness: This former Tottenham star refused to manage West Ham
By Aramide Oladipo
Graeme Souness has revealed that Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle was not open to the idea of managing bitter rivals West Ham United when the position was available.
Hoddle, 59, was one of the best players to ply his trade at White Hart Lane where he managed to score 110 goals during his 12 year spell at Spurs.
The Englishman enjoyed great success in North London, helping the side lift the back-to-back FA Cups before winning the UEFA Cup in 1984.
Hoddle went on to become the Spurs manager in 2001 where he managed to lead the side to the League Cup final the following season.
Writing in his column for the Times, Souness admits that he advised Hoddle to apply for the West Ham job but the former Spurs star revealed that he did not want to work alongside the club’s vice-chairman Karren Brady.
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“I found managing the players difficult and working for the board doubly so,” he wrote.
“I remember saying to Glenn Hoddle when someone was sacked at West Ham: ‘That would be a good job for you’, and he said he didn’t fancy working with Karren Brady there.
“I said: ‘Glenn, there’s a Karren Brady at every football club now, and they think they know more than you and me put together.”
Although it is unclear when the conversation between the former footballers took place, it is likely to have happen after 2010 when Brady officially joined forces with the East London club.
As a manager, Hoddle is renowned for his spell in charge of the England national team where he led them to the Round of 16 stage of the World Cup in 1998.
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