Hoddle Link Still Possible?
Former Swindon player/manager Glenn Hoddle is actively searching for an English club to link up with his Spanish based academy and Swindon are one of the clubs to have held discussions.
Hoddle managed Swindon Town between 1991-1993 leading the club to the Premier League after beating Leicester City 4-3 at Wembley in 1993.
Since leaving Town he has managed Chelsea, England, Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolverhampton Wanderers but now runs the Glenn Hoddle Academy and has done since it opened in 2008.
According to its website, the goal of the GHA is The goal of the Academy 'is to give young players, who just failed to make the grade at top professional clubs, a second chance.'
During the latter stages of last season, Hoddle was seen at the County Ground. During that period, Hoddle was in discussions with former chairman Andrew Fitton. However, the talk died down after Fitton stood down and Jeremy Wray stepped in as interim chairman.
Hoddle recently commented to the media that his academy 'have this pool of players that clubs can call upon, so there are a couple of ideas that we are running through our minds and hopefully by the start of the season we will have links with a couple of clubs.'
Since 2008 a number of its graduates have gone on to play professional football:
James Dayton (2010): Earned a 3 year deal at Kilmarnock.
Ikechi Anya (2008): Went on to play for Northampton Town and has since made appearances for Sevilla B and Celta B.
Ryan Burge (2011): Currently on the books at Doncaster Rovers.
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