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Glenn Hoddle Academy rules out Rushden & Diamonds link

Glenn Hoddle
Hoddle's academy is based in Spain

A deal that would have seen Rushden & Diamonds run by the Glenn Hoddle Academy has fallen through.

The GHA stated that it had been approached by an investment consortium looking to acquire the club.

The academy would have provided "wide-ranging football consultancy to provide players and development expertise".

"Regrettably, the academy was informed today that the investment consortium has now withdrawn its interest in the club," the statement continues.

It adds: "The GHA, a professional footballer development centre, is designed to identify talented players, released from professional clubs, and provide them with the skills they need to return to the highest levels of the professional game.

"The academy intended to make its staff and existing squad of players available to secure and enhance the club's football operation and provide a platform for talented players to move forward with their careers."

The GHA, currently based in Spain, says it is still searching for a suitable football club to partner in the future.

Rushden & Diamonds are due to make presentations to the Football Conference AGM this weekend concerning their status for next season.

The hearing for a petition to wind up the club is being heard at Northampton County Court on 13 June.

Fans have been raising funds to try to pay off the club's debts in the past month .

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see also
Diamonds fans rally behind club
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Diamonds incur five-point penalty
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Hoddle's vision offers second chance
03 Feb 11 |  Football Focus
Hoddle's soccer academy success
30 Nov 09 |  Business
Feature - Hoddle academy offers second chance
10 Jan 09 |  Football Focus

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