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Harry Redknapp has named Glenn Hoddle as the new first-team coach at QPR

Agencies on 12 August 2014

Queens Park Rangers

Glenn Hoddle has joined Queens Park Rangers as first-team coach. The 56-year-old will work alongside Kevin Bond and Joe Jordan as part of Harry Redknapp’s backroom staff as the club adapt to life back in the Premier League. “I spoke with the chairman [Tony Fernandes] about the possibility of bringing Glenn in, and he thought it was a great idea,” said Redknapp. “Glenn will be great. He has a brilliant knowledge of the game and will be fantastic out on the training ground with the players.” The appointment is Hoddle’s first touchline role since his departure as the Wolves manager in 2006, and despite carving out a successful media career as a pundit, the 56-year-old appears delighted to be back in club football. “I have always loved coaching and I can’t wait to meet the players, get on the training pitch and get to work,” he said. PA

Everton

Roberto Martínez has revealed that Everton have reached an “agreement in principle” to sign the Chelsea winger Christian Atsu on a season-long loan. A deal for the 22-year-old Ghana international is still subject to a work permit being received and the completion of other necessary paperwork. Martínez said: “Everything has been agreed with Christian – it’s just a matter of finalising little details. That will probably take a couple of days to get sorted but we have an agreement in principle to make the move as a loan deal until the end of the season.” Chelsea have not commented on the possibility of a deal. PA

Stoke

Mark Hughes has admitted that he is interested in signing the Norwich winger Nathan Redmond. The Liverpool forward Oussama Assaidi, who spent last season on loan at the Britannia Stadium, is Hughes’s first choice but the Welshman admitted last week the deal had “gone cold”. Hughes said of the England under-21 international Redmond: “There is interest there – he’s a good young player and a player we would like. But he’s not our player, he’s Norwich’s player, and they are obviously well within their rights to retain him.” PA

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