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Glenn Hoddle Joins QPR As First-Team Coach

12/08/2014 11:08 BST | Updated 12/08/2014 11:59 BST

Glenn Hoddle has joined Queens Park Rangers as first-team coach.

The former England manager will work alongside manager Harry Redknapp and his trusted lieutenants Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan.

Steve McClaren, now managing Derby County, was brought into Redknapp's backroom staff a year ago and the Rs manager has turned to another coach with international managerial experience.

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Hoddle is the second former England coach to work with Redknapp

“I am really pleased to take up Harry’s offer to come in and work with him, Kevin and Joe," Hoddle told the QPR website.

“After winning promotion last season, the first aim at QPR is to stay in the Premier League and I am looking forward to helping play my part as we try to achieve that.

“I have always loved coaching, and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work.”

“I am really pleased to bring Glenn in," Redknapp added. "I have been really lucky in the last couple of years to have had Steve Cotterill, Steve McClaren and Wally Downes work with us. They all did a fantastic job here.

“I spoke with the chairman about the possibility of bringing Glenn in, and he thought it was a great idea.

“Glenn will be great. He has a brilliant knowledge of the game and will be fantastic out on the training ground with the players.

“He is a hugely-respected coach and, like Steve, has managed his country. I decided if I was going to bring somebody in, I was going to go for somebody who was top class, and that’s what Glenn is.”

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Hoddle managed England at the 1998 World Cup

Hoddle has not coached at professional level since managing Wolves in 2006. In that time, he has emerged as one of the most respected pundits in English football and the former Southampton and Tottenham manager is widely regarded to be one of England's best coaches since Sir Alf Ramsey.

The 56-year-old left his post at Chelsea to replace Terry Venables as England manager in 1996 and guided them to the 1998 World Cup following a gutsy goalless draw against Italy in Rome.

David Beckham, Paul Scholes, Michael Owen and Rio Ferdinand, who recently joined QPR, were all nurtured by Hoddle at international level.

Preparations for the France finals, however, were blighted by Paul Gascoigne's omission, Hoddle's questionable treatment of a young Beckham and the use of the faith healer Eileen Drewery. England were eliminated on penalties by Argentina in the last 16.

A dismal start to the European Championship qualifiers preceded Hoddle's sacking by the Football Association in February 1999 after comments made to the Times. Hoddle suggested disabled people were being made to pay for the sins of past lives.

He went on to manage Southampton in 2000 before leaving The Dell a year later to return his spiritual home at Tottenham, however he lasted just two-and-a-half years under chairman Daniel Levy.

Before his national team role, Hoddle earned Swindon Town promotion to the Premier League as player/manager in 1993 and took Chelsea to the 1994 FA Cup final.