A living legend is back! A brilliant playmaker for the Rouge et Blanc in the late 1980s under Arsène Wenger (1987-1991), Glenn Hoddle was back in the Principality on Wednesday. A commentator for the English television network BT Sport, which is preparing a documentary film on his career, the emblematic number 10 was in town to attend the match against Saint-Etienne (a 3-1 win on the 7th Matchday of Ligue 1 Uber Eats ).
Meeting President Rybolovlev
Shortly before the match, Glenn Hoddle met with President Dmitry Rybolovlev in the Lodge of Legends. For the occasion, Vice-President Oleg Petrov, presented him with a personalized jersey with his favorite number, along with David Trezeguet, another Monegasque legend who was present at the Stade Louis-II.
The British star also had the opportunity to see his former teammate Claude Puel, current coach of Les Verts, as well as Jean Petit, his former assistant coach with Monaco on a team then led by Arsène Wenger, two men who also had a decisive influence in the future technical career of Glenn Hoddle, particularly in his terms as coach of Chelsea, Tottenham, and England.
A visit to the performance center
On the sidelines of the victory by Niko Kovac’s side against the Stéphanois, thanks to a double from Wissam Ben Yedder, the current Rouge et Blanc number ten, Glenn Hoddle also took the opportunity to visit the new Performance Center on Thursday. Accompanied by Oleg Petrov and Paul Mitchell, the former England international (53 caps, 8 goals) was able to discover the development of the training center nestled on the heights of La Turbie, six years after his last visit to the Principality.
𝑼𝒏𝒆 𝒍𝒆́𝒈𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒆 𝒂𝒖 𝑳𝒐𝒖𝒊𝒔-𝑰𝑰 ✨
À l'occasion de la rencontre face à Saint-Etienne, nous avons eu l'immense plaisir d'accueillir le grand @GlennHoddle au Stade Louis-II et au CE de La Turbie.
— AS Monaco 🇲🇨 (@AS_Monaco) September 23, 2021
A meeting with his “successor”
At the time, he had returned home with Mark Hateley, the other British legend of AS Monaco. This time, he was therefore able to exchange a few words with the Croatian manager, as well as with the Monaco captain and some of his teammates, including Cesc Fàbregas, who spent 13 years of his career across the Channel and was also coached by Arsène Wenger at Arsenal.
In four years at AS Monaco, Glenn Hoddle played 69 matces (27 goals), leaving an indelible mark, which still makes him today, for the Wenger generation, one of the most brilliant footballers that the Club has been fortunate enough to have in its ranks. Glenn the legend, uno di noi !