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Wednesday, August 12, 1998 Published at 11:26 GMT 12:26 UK

Sport: Football

Robson blasts 'pathetic' Hoddle

The headline which has irritated Bryan Robson

Bryan Robson has described as "pathetic" England manager Glenn Hoddle's revelations of his clashes with Boro midfielder Paul Gascoigne in the build-up to France 98.

Middlesbrough manager Robson criticised the revelations reported in The Sun, which is serialising Hoddle's book.

"There are too many people living off the back of Gazza's reputation," he said.

Rob Shepherd: "It's difficult for the FA to intervene..."
Rob Shepherd, chief sports correspondent of the Daily Express, believes the matter raises serious question marks about Hoddle's ability to continue as England boss.

Robson is particularly angry that Gascoigne is not being allowed to put his difficulties behind him.

[ image: Hoddle is accused of making money at Gazza's expense]
Hoddle is accused of making money at Gazza's expense
He said: "It is pathetic the way everyone is jumping on the Gazza bandwagon.

"I don't want to get into a slanging match with Glenn Hoddle, because Gazza will let his football do the talking.

"The annoying thing is that people won't write about Paul Gascoigne the footballer."

Gazza 'snapped'

The England manager described in detail Paul Gascoigne's reaction to being told he was dropped from the World Cup squad.

He said Gazza smashed his fist into a large lamp and ranted and swore "like a man possessed".

He appeared to be dealing with the situation but then flew into a rage and kicked out at a chair with his bare foot.

"He was a different person now. He had snapped," writes Hoddle. "I stood there and he turned as if to go again, then came back with a barrage of abuse."

[ image: Paul Gasgoigne may have played his last game for England]
Paul Gasgoigne may have played his last game for England
Paul Gascoigne's agent Mel Stein said on Tuesday that they were "obviously disappointed that the England manager has gone public on this issue".

Journalist Shepherd told Radio 5 Live that players would find it difficult to trust Hoddle.

"If Hoddle wanted to tell the public exactly what happened in La Manga with Gascoigne, he should have come out the following day and said it on the radio and in the newspapers.

"But no, he decided to hold it back because he knew he was involved in writing a book and clearly he's doing it for financial advantage."

He added: "He's broken a lot of unwritten rules and I believe, yes, there must be a serious question mark about his ability to be England manager."

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