The former Spurs midfielder Rohan Ricketts has been writing a series of articles for the excellent Sabotage Times. His latest effort examines what happens when a manager loses the dressing room, with Ricketts using his time at Spurs under Glenn Hoddle as an example.
Unsurprisingly Ricketts paints a picture of Hoddle as a manager who was not well liked by his players, although Ricketts himself was a supporter of the White Hart Lane legend. The article features some interesting insights into Hoddle’s time as manager of Spurs, but what particularly tickled my interest was the following:
“I was new at the club so I was more of an observer than a talker. I personally did not want to see the manager leave but I could see that I was only one of a few. It was different from me than any other player because he’d given me my chance in the Premier League. He’d played me ahead of big name players and had never taken me off – I was even on the verge of playing for England.
“So it shocked me when I first heard the skipper was having meetings with the chairman about the manager. I thought that was a touch unfair but once the senior players had expressed their feelings against Glenn’s methods it left the chairman with no other option than to wield the axe.”
Hoddle was sacked in September 2003. The Wikipedia page for our 2003/04 season cites Ledley King as our skipper, although I seem to remember that Jamie Redknapp was the club captain at the time, but rarely wore the armband because he was always injured.
I’m still sad that Hoddle’s managerial career with both Spurs and England ended on a sad note. It’s clear that he upset a lot of players in both of those jobs, but he had a lot more tactical nous that he is given credit for.