Hoddle: AVB didn't know how to lose
Published 22:31 06/03/12 By Neil McLeman
Andre Villas-Boas never learned to lose in Portugal and could not cope at Chelsea, according to former Blues boss Glenn Hoddle.
The last British manager at Stamford Bridge yesterday declared his availability to return to three of his previous jobs at Chelsea, Spurs and England.
The 54-year-old reckoned Roman Abramovich will chose another foreigner for his eighth manager during his nine-year reign. But Hoddle reckons the last man in the Blues ejector seat was not prepared for the Premier League by winning everything at Porto last season.
“I just think as a manager, you don’t get judged when you win five games back to back,” he said. “It is easy to send out teams then. You get judged when you lose at home and a midweek game and then another game. Villas-Boas went a whole season without losing a game. That is unrealistic. That is not what true management is about.
“I cut my teeth at Swindon. You only find out about yourself as a manager when things are not going so well. That is when you are really tested. I think he didn’t have the experience of losing matches. That is probably what found him out in the last six weeks. Chelsea were not on a good run and he didn’t have the experience to call on.”
Hoddle, who last managed Wolves in 2006, joked he could not return to all of his previous jobs probably on offer this summer. “I won’t take them all - I will just take the one,” he said.
“I’m young enough. I would say I have unfinished business and a sense of frustration. Whether I get an opportunity to put that right, I don’t know.”
And he added he would be available to help Stuart Pearce at Euro 2012 if Harry Redknapp is not made the new England boss.
“It would be lovely to do that but do I ever think that is going to happen? No.”
Instead, Hoddle reckons Redknapp will not be able to resist the call of the Three Lions.
“People said to me I was too young when I took the England job but i didn’t know if I would get another opportunity,” said the England boss at France 98. “I was doing really well at Chelsea, I was loving it like Harry is loving it at Spurs. It’s a very similar situation and it was a very difficult situation for me but in the end when you’re country comes calling, you take it.
“You start thinking about having the cream of the country to work with.
“These are things that history is made on and you turn that down, if it all goes Pete Tong it goes Pete Tong, but you have to be bold enough and brave enough to believe that you can do the job.”
Glenn Hoddle was speaking at the launch of the Elite Legends Cup, in aid of Help For Heroes. For more information: www.20-20football.com