Glenn Hoddle: 'I was close to returning to Tottenham Hotspur as head coach'

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is interviewed for British televison ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Benfica and Chelsea at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 26, 2012
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Glenn Hoddle reveals that he came close to returning to Tottenham Hotspur as head coach following Andre Villas-Boas's exit.

Glenn Hoddle has revealed that he was close to making a return to Tottenham Hotspur following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas in December.

The 56-year-old, who spent 12 years playing for Spurs, was touted as a possible replacement to the Portuguese coach, but Tim Sherwood was handed the role instead.

"I nearly went there this time round until the end of the season," Hoddle told BBC London. "I said I was prepared to do that. I wouldn't have been prepared to do it for any other club apart from Tottenham because it's in my DNA.

"So if that was the case, and it nearly became the case, I would have been happy to go back, but they made their decision and they've moved on."

Hoddle managed the North London outfit from 2001 to 2003.

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is interviewed for British televison ahead of the UEFA Champions League football match between Benfica and Chelsea at Estadio da Luz in Lisbon, on March 26, 2012
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