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Hoddle: A Touch of Genius

Started on 7 April 2015 by fmhunter
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MLS: Hoddle agrees to take over as NYCFC coach

Glenn Hoddle has agreed to become the next head coach of MLS side New York City Football Club, Sky sources understand.

The Englishman has been out of football management since leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers in 2006, however worked as a coach for Harry Redknapp at QPR until his resignation in early 2015.

NYCFC have never previously played a game of football, and Hoddle is the first ever coach of Etihad's Manchester City franchise. It was rumoured that former Citizens midfielder Claudio Reyna was going to combine the roles of Director of Football and Head Coach before Hoddle's appointment.

The deal with Hoddle is expected to be finalised over the weekend after his arrival in New York.

Hoddle will be taking on his seventh managerial role, having been in charge at Swindon Town, Chelsea, England, Southampton, Tottenham and Wolves before taking a nine-year sabbatical, during which he has worked with Sky Sports and ITV as an analyst.

Pre-Season 2015 Review

Pre-season is always vastly important at any club. Getting your tactics integrated onto the side, selecting your best eleven for the first day of the season and getting players up to full fitness before the season starts - these are all key to starting well. Hopefully we can do so. Here's a quick overview of how we fared before getting into the start of the MLS season.

Match Results

NYCFC 0-1 San Lorenzo

Monday 26th January 2015 | Yankee Stadium | Att. 6,919 | Ref: M de Oliveira

New York City's first ever game, and my first game as Head Coach ended in defeat, but a spirited performance nonetheless. Was good to use the full squad and play around with the tactics, David Villa looked particularly promising.

NYCFC Goals:
San Lorenzo Goals: Hector Villalba (66)
Man of the Match: David Villa (7.1)

NYCFC 0-5 Dynamo Kiev

Saturday 31st January 2015 | Yankee Stadium | Att. 7,003 | Ref: B Toledo

In fairness this game wasn't about the result, as all pre-season friendlies aren't, it was about using different strategies in different ways with different players. This is a team being built from the ground up. I told the lads this result wasn't a fair reflection of how we played as a unit, they simply had a superb set of players on the field and blew us out. Heads held high at the end of this one as our second half performance was second to none.

NYCFC Goals:
Dynamo Kiev Goals: Artem Kravets (7, 12, 13, 44), Oleg Gusev (45+1)
Man of the Match: Oleg Gusev (9.2)

NYCFC 0-1 CSKA Moscow

Wednesday 11th February 2015 | Yankee Stadium | Att. 6,817 | Ref: D Hunt

An late goal from CSKA striker Roman Eremenko condemned our valiant performance to defeat, but our experimental side can again be proud of how they played, very impressive against a side who are still in the UEFA Champions League.

NYCFC Goals:
CSKA Moscow Goals: Roman Eremenko (89)
Man of the Match: Roman Eremenko (8.5)

Sacramento Republic 0-1 NYCFC

Wednesday 24 July 2013 | Bonney Field | Att. 3,249 | Ref: B Toledo

A George John goal on the stroke of half-time handed us our first victory as a club. Well deserved, too.

Sacramento Republic Goals:
NYCFC Goals: George John (45+1)
Man of the Match: George John (8.0)

Harrisburg City Islanders 1-2 NYCFC

Saturday 21st February 2015 | Skyline Sports Complex | Att. 1,921 | Ref: B Toledo

Goals from Adam Nemec and David Villa sealed a solid 2-1 win for us, in our final pre-season friendly with Harrisburg City Islanders.

Harrisburg Goals: Yann Ekra (89)
NYCFC Goals: David Villa (4), Adam Nemec (63)
Man of the Match: Adam Nemec (8.4)
A nice start to the story - not so much the results. Looked like your tactical tweak helped, although the opposition you faced were tough

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