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Friday, September 18, 1998 Published at 07:49 GMT 08:49 UK


Sport: Football

Hoddle wins FA backing

Hoddle's next piece of writing could be to sign an extended contract

England coach Glenn Hoddle has been given the backing of the Football Association's International Committee despite controversy over his book about the World Cup finals.

But the expected offer of a two-year extension to Hoddle's contract, which would last until the 2002 World Cup, has been deferred for further discussion by a six-man sub-committee.

FA chief executive Graham Kelly revealed there are areas of concern on both sides by saying: "We are looking at the possibility of an extension. We'll want conditions and he'll have conditions."

He went on: "We want some continuity and that's why we're trying to renew his contract. We are obliged to have discussions about renewal and that's all that's happening now."


Graham Kelly on Hoddle: "He's not under any pressure whatsoever"
Kelly insisted that no questions were asked about Hoddle's book or his links with faith healer Eileen Drewery during the 90-minute meeting.

"There were no revelations in Glenn's book and no confidences were broken," Kelly added.

"Glenn hasn't been told he can't write any more books, but the matter will be dealt with by the sub-committee."

He confirmed that the committee had given Hoddle majority support, but declined to expand on the word "majority".

Hoddle kept his views brief following the meeting, saying: "We just discussed what was on the agenda. The meeting was shorter than normal."

He was asked to express the FA's concern to Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince, who appeared to make a V-sign to assistant manager John Gorman after being sent off against Sweden, but no further action was taken.



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