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Wednesday, February 3, 1999 Published at 15:26 GMT

Sport: Football

Relief as Hoddle departs

Glenn Hoddle: A controversial figure makes a controversial exit

The sacking of Glenn Hoddle as England coach has been met with near-relief from the footballing world.

The Hoddle File
Ex-England international and BBC football commentator Trevor Brooking described the news as a "predictable outcome", adding that it was "inevitable after the events of the past few days."

"The fact that the announcement was put back and back made it obvious that there had been talk behind the scenes to make sure that Glenn could depart in a dignified manner," Brooking said.

Trevor Brooking discusses Hoddle's departure (BBC Radio 5 Live)
Ex-England manager Gordon Taylor said that Hoddle had caused too much embarrassment to the FA.

"It's sad. I felt he had great potential as a manager," Taylor said.

Gordon Taylor: "Hoddle made a critical mistake"
"But he's allowed non-football matters to interfere with his job and I think the problems began with his diary after the World Cup.

"And then doubts began to creep in following the disappointment in France and then a bandwagon began to start rolling."

Chief football writer of the Daily Express newspaper, Paul McCarthy, said: "There was no way right from Saturday that he was going to resign - but I'm glad that he has gone.

"I think he made a gross error of judgement. Contrary to what everyone said there was no witch-hunt and I just agree with David Davies that his position was untenable."

'He brought it on himself'

Former Liverpool and England international, Emlyn Hughes, said he felt sympathy for Hoddle, but that no-one else was to blame.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, Hughes said: "He's been coming out with some incredible statements over the last 18 months and really he's just brought it on himself.

"He also never struck me as someone who could really motivate people - and that may have affected the performance of the team.

"I think the biggest thing that brought him down, however, was the involvement of Eileen Drewery."

The marketing director of The Nationwide Building Society - who recently took on sponsorship of the England team - Phillip Williamson said it was something of a relief for the sponsors.

"From our point of view Nationwide needed to dissociate itself with some of the alleged remarks so although its disappointing - this is the way it is.

"We made our views fairly clear to the FA early on - but I don't think it affected their decision.

"From our point of view we have to look forward positively to concentrate on the sponsorship in hand and try and make sure we beat France at Wembley."

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