Former England manager, Glen Hoddle was expected to have arrived Nigeria’s federal capital, Abuja at 4am this morning aboard a British Airways flight from Hearthrow Airport in London for today’s interview for the vacant post of Super Eagles technical adviser.
Complete Sports can confirm that Hoddle left London 11.30pm last night for Abuja accompanied by respected FIFA licensed football agent,John Olatunji Shittu.
Hoddle,one of the most successful English-born England coaches is top favourite to land the job after impressing some Nigeria Football Federation officials in London last weekend.
The former Tottenham Hotspur of England coach is expected to meet the NFF interview panel at 1pm later today for what a top source at the federation says is just for formality as he will be offered the job based not only on his fine and convincing presentation in London last weekend but also because he is the most high profiled name among the four coaches interviewed.
Hoddle is scheduled to return to England later tonight to prepare for Sunday’s English Premier League game between Chelsea and Manchester City as guest analys on Skysport.
Hoddle,born on 27 October 1957 in London played as an attacking midfielder for Tottenham Hotspur, AS Monaco, Chelsea and Swindon Town and at international level for England.
In 2007 he was inducted into the National Football Museum Hall of Fame which cited him as the most gifted English footballer of his generation exhibiting “sublime balance and close control, unrivalled passing and vision and extraordinary shooting ability, both from open play and set pieces”.
Hoddle’s talent as a player is widely appreciated abroad; less so in England. Arsène Wenger, who worked with him at Monaco, recalled: ‘His control was superb and he had perfect body balance. His skill in both feet was uncanny… I couldn’t understand why he hadn’t been appreciated in England. Perhaps he was a star in the wrong period, years ahead of his time.’
Michel Platini famously attacked the English for neglecting creativity; had Hoddle been born French, he said, ‘he would have won 150 caps’. As Jean-Luc Ettori, Monaco’s club captain at the time, put it: ‘For us Glenn was le bon dieu – he was a god. There’s nothing else to say.’
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