Hoddle's methods were more to Poyet's liking, too. "We don't have the famous rotation system, and that's good. At Chelsea sometimes the team and tactics would change overnight. You'd go to bed thinking you were playing one formation, and arrive at the ground the next day to find you were using another. Or you'd think on the Friday that you were in the team, and discover on the Saturday that you weren't.
"We were only told the team on the day of the game, which didn't make the mental preparation easy. Here, we know one or even two days beforehand, and for me that's much better. Yes, you can say that everybody should always be ready to play because we are all professionals, but it's not the same as knowing that you are playing."
Hoddle was simpatico, on Poyet's wavelength. "I can talk to him about the game, and when he puts on a technical session in training, it feels right. Everybody knows about the physical and tactical aspects, but the mental part is very important too, and Glenn is good at that. I like the football we play, and I am learning things all the time; things that will be useful when I become a manager."
Before that day comes, Poyet would like to go out on a high as a player. He has targeted getting into Europe with Spurs and going to the World Cup with Uruguay. "It is possible that we'll get fifth place in the South American group, but that would mean a playoff against Australia, which would be tough."
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