Hoddle link rubbished by agent

PUBLISHED: 14:32 16 October 2007 | UPDATED: 10:38 14 September 2010

Agents for former England boss Glenn Hoddle have rubbished reports linking him with the Norwich City managerial vacancy.

One national Sunday newspaper suggested the 49-year-old ex-Chelsea and Tottenham manager had put himself in the frame for the job at Carrow Road.

Agents for former England boss Glenn Hoddle have rubbished reports linking him with the Norwich City managerial vacancy.

One national Sunday newspaper suggested the 49-year-old ex-Chelsea and Tottenham manager had put himself in the frame for the job at Carrow Road.

But a spokesman for the Sport Entertainment & Media Group, who also represent former Wigan boss Paul Jewell - still rated the bookies' favourite for the City job - said there was no truth in the story.

“I must tell you that what you read in the News of the World was nonsense and I don't know how it got there,” said the SEM representative. “I am telling you it's a load of rubbish.”

That may not unduly worry City fans given Hoddle's patchy record in club management.

The man who took England to the World Cup in France in 1998 has been out of football since leaving Wolves, his last job, in the summer of 2006 after they missed a play-off place by eight points.

Meanwhile, another former England boss listed as an outsider for the City post has effectively ruled himself out of a return to management.

Kevin Keegan, appearing on last night's Inside Sport programme on BBC, said nothing was likely to persuade him to go back into football.

He said: “I don't think it will happen, no. I just think my life's gone in a different direction now. I haven't watched a game of football now, live, since my last game at Man City and I don't even remember what that game was.

“So I don't think it will happen, but you never know, you never say never. I do get offers to go back into football.”

Keegan left Manchester City in March 2005 and his penultimate game in charge was a 3-2 win against Norwich at Carrow Road.

A third man to have managed England - albeit for one game - is axed Crystal Palace boss Peter Taylor, but he has been strongly linked with a return to former club Gillingham.

Stoke manager Tony Pulis, also linked with the City vacancy, is said to be mystified by weekend reports suggesting he is a leading contender.

Pulis is in his second spell at the Britannia Stadium and, with Stoke fifth in the Championship after just one defeat in their opening 10 games, is believed to be content with his lot and unlikely to rock the boat by leaving a second time.

Latest odds - Paul Jewell 11-4, Ian Crook 5-1, Steve Bruce 13-2, Dion Dublin 7-1, Martin Allen 8-1, Joe Royle 8-1, Mark Bowen 9-1, Jim Duffy 12-1, Mike Newell 14-1, Glenn Hoddle 14-1, Peter Reid 16-1, Peter Taylor 16-1, Malky Mackay 16-1, Dave Penney 16-1, Nigel Pearson 25-1, Geraint Williams 25-1, Stuart Pearce 33-1, Steve Tilson 33-1, Paul Ince 33-1, Kevin Keegan 33-1, George Graham 50-1. Odds from bet365.

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