Tottenham icon Glenn Hoddle shows true feelings over ‘toxic’ Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte eras

By Staff

Tottenham Hotspur legend Glenn Hoddle has heaped praise on Ange Postecoglou for the way he has managed himself since replacing Antonio Conte in north London.

Postecoglou was named as the new head coach at Hotspur Way after a disappointing 2022/23 season for Spurs. Under Antonio Conte, Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason last term, the north Londoners finished 8th.

This season, Tottenham are fighting for a spot in the Champions League. Ahead of Tuesday night’s London derby with West Ham United, Spurs are currently fifth in the Premier League – three points behind Aston Villa.

Hoddle, who won two FA Cups as a player at Spurs, has credited the Australian for his work at the club after “toxic” previous tenures under Conte and Jose Mourinho.

“I think the most impressive thing, if I was a fly on the wall in his camp there in the dressing room is that he [Postecoglou] takes all the pressure off the Spurs players with the ball,” he said on TNT Sports.

“Let’s face it, let’s be honest, over the last few years Spurs has become a little bit toxic. The last few seasons the fans weren’t happy with the style of football.

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“Whatever you can say about those individuals is up to you. But Ange has come in and taken it to the other end of the Richter scale. He’s completely open with his play, puts his fullbacks into midfield and he goes for it.

“They press high, they defend high on the halfway line, there’s a few vulnerabilities there but they’ve got a quick back four when everyone’s fit. At the end of the day, it’s the confidence he gives the players.

“‘Make a mistake, don’t worry about it, play out from the back, don’t worry about it. I’ll take the responsibilities’. And that is exactly how a player wants to play, it takes all the chains off you, it takes all the stuff that gets in your head and stops you performing – that fear factor. I think that’s been his major, major asset.”

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