LONDON: Glenn Hoddle is set to return to the Football Association 14 years after being sacked as manager of England.
Hoddle, 55, will take up a role on the commission announced by FA chairman Greg Dyke in an attempt to improve the prospects internationally for the national team.
Dyke’s ambitions include reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2020 and winning the 2022 World Cup.
The two men have met twice in recent months and it is understood Dyke consulted Hoddle before his speech on the state of the English game at which the new chairman expressed concern about the lack of England players coming through the foreigner-dominated Premier League.
The former Chelsea manager will be just one of a number of key figures on the commission, which is also expected to include former players, FA board members, representatives from Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and the League Managers’ Association (LMA).
England have not gone beyond a World Cup quarter-final since they reached the last four in 1990 and have only won it once – in 1966. Their best performances at the European Championship were semi-final appearances in 1968 and 1996.
The commission will ask why England are in this situation, what can be done to improve their prospects and how any changes can best be implemented.
In recent weeks, Hoddle has praised Dyke’s analysis. On his website the former England and Tottenham midfielder said he shared his concern at the growing number of foreign players in the Premier League.
“We’ve got foreign owners, who bring in foreign managers, who bring in foreign players above English players and it’s a downward spiral,” he said. “The England manager’s job is a hard job as it is and it’s going to get harder and harder unless we readdress it with a rule change.”
Hoddle was appointed England manager in 1996 and oversaw 27 games, leading the national side to the last 16 of the World Cup in 1998 before being dismissed a year later following controversial comments about disabled people.