Glenn Hoddle coy on Newcastle United link

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Glenn Hoddle has not ruled himself out of the running for the head coach vacancy at Newcastle United but insists he is happy with his current role at Queens Park Rangers.

The former England boss is one of several names linked with the St James’ Park hotseat following Alan Pardew’s move to Crystal Palace.

Former Lyon coach Remi Garde is the current favourite to take over while ex-Spurs man Tim Sherwood and current caretaker boss John Carver are also thought to be in the running.

Hoddle is currently working as a coach under Harry Redknapp at QPR and says he “never shut the door on management” after being linked with the Newcastle job.

He is, however, quite happy at Loftus Road and appears to see his short-term future with the Premier League club.

“There has been a lot of speculation. The media have been chasing me for a reaction to being heavily linked to the vacant Newcastle job,” he told Zapsportz.

“All I am prepared to say is that I’m really enjoying the challenge of trying to keep QPR up this season. Harry Redknapp gave me the chance to tip my toe back into coaching water and I’m up for the challenge. I’ve enjoyed working with Harry and the team.

“I’m looking forward to the second half of the season and the challenges that will bring in our attempt to stay up.”

Managerless Newcastle face a tough test this weekend when they travel to league leaders Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s side are looking to return to winning ways after losing 5-3 to Spurs on New Year’s Day and are 1.17 to win, while the Magpies are priced at 12.96.

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