Exclusive: 79-cap ex-England ace calls for former manager to return

Former England international John Barnes believes that ex-Three Lions manager Glenn Hoddle is the ideal man to take charge of the national side following Roy Hodgson’s decision to step down.

The former Fulham and Liverpool chief handed in his resignation after his side were subjected to a humbling last 16 defeat at the hands of Iceland earlier this week, ending their EURO 2016 campaign prematurely.

Hodgson’s tenure was due to come to a close in a matter of weeks anyway with his contract ticking towards its expiry, but his decision has forced the FA’s hand in terms of now having to look for a replacement.

Despite the elimination having only occurred on Monday night, a host of managers have been aligned with the role, but TitanBet brand ambassador Barnes believes Hoddle would be the ideal option.

Speaking to FootballFanCast, the 79-time England man said:

“I think Glenn Hoddle knows about modern football and getting the best out of players and playing in a way to be successful.

“For me, Hoddle was the right man before [1996 – 1999] and if you want an English manager now, coaches such as Gareth Southgate don’t have the necessary experience.

“What they’ll [the FA] have to do is give Hoddle the mandate to do what he wants to do.

“We’ve pampered the players too much in the past. We’ve said ‘you’re great players, you should go out there and win’, but we need a coach who will be strong and be one the players will have to listen to, so I think Glenn Hoddle would be a fantastic England manager.”

Hoddle was in charge of England through the 1998 World Cup in France, in which the Three Lions were eliminated on penalty kicks by Argentina.

The 58-year-old has not managed at elite level since a spell with Wolverhampton Wanderers that ended in 2006.

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