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4.0 out of 5 stars Experience life as both Hoddle the England coach and man., 21 July 2000
This review is from: Glenn Hoddle: My 1998 World Cup Story (Hardcover)
Everyone knows that Hoddle is vilified and ridiculed in the press not least due to the fact that he often prays before, during and after games, has faith in the apparent healing powers of Eileen Drewery, and because he revealed Gazza's blow up at being left out of the '98 World Cup squad. Well, read this book to get a balanced view of things. After reading it, I'm confident you will:
a) appreciate he has one of the best coaching brains in England; b) realize he isn't some religious zealot; c) appreciate that just perhaps Eileeen Drewery has a special ability to heal; d) discover that the gazza revelation wasn't 'cruel' whn put in context; e) wish he were still England coach . . . and more.
I enjoyed tagging along on the World Cup roller-coaster ride with Hoddle, and I felt I learned a lot about him from his personal life details. Looking back on World Cup qualifying in late '97 and the tournament itself in the summer of '98, I can now view that period from a very different perspective because I have been behind the scenes with the England coach. More than ever I'm convinced that Hoddle was our best coach since Ramsey.
The ONLY irritation for me was Hoddle's constant references to his having 'a strange feeling' about this, that, and the other. I would say he reads too much into things. If someone is injured, for example, it's a simple fact. The player is injured. It doesn't mean that myserious workings are in place so that a substitute can emerge to save the day, and so on. We all have 'funny' feelings about things from time to time. They don't necessarily have to mean anything!
Despite Hoddle's 'constant references,' it doesn't qualify him as a religious nut!
It's a good book. Read it and enjoy it.
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Initial post: 7 Nov 2010 22:57:33 GMT
antone says:
Best coach since Ramsay????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
That comment has made me not want to read this. Better than Robson and Venables? Semi-finalists with a 7/10 team at best. Hoddle with a much better team couldn't get past round 2!!
Shocked at thus comment.
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