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Friday, August 14, 1998 Published at 23:18 GMT 00:18 UK


Sport: Football

Hoddle defends World Cup disclosures

Hoddle: rejected calls for his resignation


Glenn Hoodle speaking on BBC One's Football Focus: "Book won't be a problem for players"
The England coach Glenn Hoddle has defended the publication of his World Cup book, which has been criticised for revealing details of Paul Gascoigne's behaviour after he was left out of the World Cup squad.

Hoddle told BBC Radio 5 Live that the fuss was caused by the way the book was serialised in The Sun newspaper.

He said: "It's not a surprise in some ways because of how the headlines have been portrayed.

"It is disappointing. The situation has unfolded because of the headlines.


[ image: Gazza: spoke to The Sun after being dropped]
Gazza: spoke to The Sun after being dropped
"People are reacting to something that they haven't read yet, quite frankly. Things like 'Gazza trashed my room' are just not in the book and it's just something I would not have said."

Hoddle said that he only talked about Gascoigne's reaction because the player himself had spoken to the media.

He said: "I felt I needed to say what happened, a little bit closer to what happened, after Paul, within two or three days after coming back, went to the press.

"You know I went out of my way to protect him on 1 June when I named the squad under that situation. I still have protected him to be quite honest."


Brian Woolnough: "You take the money, you pay the consequences"
Hoddle's words drew a sharp reaction from The Sun football writer Brian Woolnough.

"He has made a big mistake in doing the book, he has made a big mistake in publishing it so soon after the World Cup.

"His agent, Denis Roach, rang me complaining about all the fuss of the book and the impact it has had.

"I just said 'Denis, you take the money you pay the consequences' and that's what Glenn Hoddle has to do."

No resignation


[ image: David Davies: Hoddle
David Davies: Hoddle "protects confidences"
Hoddle denied that his book had endangered the trust between him and the England players and hit back at critics who have suggested he should resign.

"They're going to have their own opinions but I think, once you read the book, it's clear the players' confidence hasn't been taken one little bit," said Hoddle.

He also denied that money was the reason for the book, adding that he had only been prepared to work with David Davies, a spokesman for the Football Association, and not with journalists.


David Davies: "Glenn was duty bound to give his version"
He said: "If the book sells well then there obviously will be a profit there, but I would have foregone any type of money if it hadn't have been written with David Davies."

Davies has also defended the book, and said the England coach was "duty bound" to give his version of events.

He said that Hoddle was the "last person on earth" to break a confidence.

Hoddle criticised

Criticisms of the book have grown both because of its arrival so soon after the World Cup and the revelation that the FA did not read the transcript before giving permission to publish.


Glenn Hoddle: "It's because of the headlines"
Bryan Robson, former England star and manager of Gascoigne's current club, Middlesbrough, said: "Gazza was out of the England spotlight, yet he seems to be hyped up all the time.

"It is nonsense when people will not leave him alone."

In the book Hoddle said that Paul Gascoigne acted "like a man possessed" when he was dropped from the France 98 squad.

Turning to David Beckham, sent off in England's critical match against Argentina, Hoddle said that he needed the help of his personal faith healer, Eileen Drewery.

The PFA Chief Executive, Gordon Taylor, has said he was "astonished" that the book was allowed to be published.

He told The Express: "A manager's relationship with his players should be like a doctor with his patient."



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