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banner Monday, 10 December, 2001, 17:15 GMT
Udinese sack Hodgson
Roy Hodgson
Hodgson denies making the comments about Udinese
Roy Hodgson has been sacked by Italian Serie A club Udinese, according to Italian news agency reports.

The former Blackburn Rovers coach, who joined Udinese at the start of the season, has led the side to ninth in Serie A and the Italian Cup quarter-finals.

Udinese owner Giampaolo Pozzo was angry about a Daily Mail newspaper interview in which Hodgson appeared to have claimed he regretted taking the post.

Pozzo, the majority shareholder at Udinese, told the ANSA news agency that his coach needed "to face up to the consequences".

But Hodgson claimed not to have made the comments, suggesting that he has not even spoken to any journalists on the issue.

Hodgson, who has also coached the Swiss national side, added that he was happy to have taken up the position at Udinese after leaving Danish champions FC Copenhagen.

Udinese will be coached by goalkeeping trainer Alessandro Zampa when they meet Parma in the Italian Cup on Tuesday.

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BBC Sport's John Myers
"Hodgson has had to deal with constant speculation over his future since joining the club"
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06 Aug 01 |  Europe
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21 Jun 01 |  Europe
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