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The former England manager is close to joining the newly promoted London side to help their switch to an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation this season under Harry Redknapp

By Greg Stobart

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle is set to join QPR's backroom team as a first-team coach.

Hoddle has been identified by Rs boss Harry Redknapp as the man to help implement a new 3-5-2 system at Loftus Road this season.

Redknapp wants to change from the 4-4-2 formation used in last season’s promotion campaign and Hoddle fits the bill to get it done, having been famed as a 3-5-2 expert during the 1990s and used it during his spell in charge of England.

Rio Ferdinand has moved to QPR on a free transfer over the summer and is expected to be used as a sweeper in a three-man defence, with the Tottenham hero coming in to help the transition.

Redknapp, 67, has been looking for a first-team coach since Steve McClaren left to take over as Derby boss last September.

Hoddle has not managed for eight years but is keen to return to coaching and was linked with a short-term role at Spurs following Andre Villas-Boas’s dismissal last year.
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