Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[1] Hoddle Says Yes

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[1] Hoddle Says Yes

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Byline: DAVID BOND

GLENN HODDLE today became the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.

He rang Southampton chairman Rupert Lowe early this morning to resign from his job at The Dell.

Lowe said today: "I am saddened Glenn has chosen to leave the team with a European place in sight and a new stadium only five months from completion and while Glenn still has 15 months of his contract outstanding.

"He has no doubt considered all these factors in the short space of time available to him and I don't propose to hold him against his evident will to go elsewhere."

Following extensive talks, revealed yesterday by Standard Sport, Hoddle will be in charge in time for Tottenham's Premiership game at Arsenal on Saturday.

Lowe added: "I was surprised by the speed at which negotiations have proceeded from what I hope to have been a standing start to a conclusion in a little over five hours.

"I am also disappointed that Glenn has chosen to turn his back on the club that gave him the opportunity to resume his topflight management career."

He also said he was planning to talk to the Premier League about the way Tottenham conducted their negotiations.

Tottenham released a holding statement to the Stock Exchange this morning confirming their ongoing discussions with Hoddle but claimed no formal agreement had yet been reached.

They promised to make a further announcement later in the day.

Despite the prospect of Hoddle's arrival the company's share price was unchanged at 51.5p when the markets opened for trading this morning. Although Hoddle agreed in principle last night to replace George Graham, who was sacked 12 days ago, talks with Spurs at a central London location continued into the early hours of the morning as lawyers worked on the small print of his contract. It is believed he has signed a four-year deal worth around [pound]6 million.

During talks, Lowe made a last-ditch appeal to convince Hoddle to stay, adding: "I spoke to Glenn at length and reminded him how much we have got going for us here. It was always going to be his decision but we will deal with it. …

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