Hoddle finally unveiled as Tottenham’s new manager


LONDON, AFP

Glenn Hoddle was finally unveiled as Tottenham’s new manager at a White Hart Lane press conference on Friday evening, the Press Association reported.

The former England midfielder quit as Southampton boss on Wednesday, with Saints chairman Rupert Lowe demanding 800,000 pounds (US$1.13 million) compensation for the loss of Hoddle who had 15 months left on his contract at The Dell.

Spurs director of football David Pleat is expected to be at the helm for Saturday’s Premiership clash with arch rivals Arsenal at Highbury. It had looked as though the deal would drag on over the weekend as negotiations failed to reach a conclusion. Suggestions that an announcement would be made through the City of London before a supposed 6pm (1700 GMT) deadline proved unfounded and it looked increasingly likely that Spurs would go into Saturday’s north London derby against Arsenal at Highbury without the new man being in position. However, Hoddle and assistant John Gorman – who has also moved from Southampton – finally confirmed their arrival over three hours after the City had officially closed. Hoddle has agreed a five-year contract with Spurs. Everything has been agreed between Spurs and Southampton and the paperwork will be finalised on Monday morning. Hoddle said there was no escape clause in his Southampton contract but admitted that there was a compensation fee payable which has now been agreed by the two clubs. Tellingly, he refused to reveal what clauses had been inserted into his new deal.