Football: Hoddle snubs Forest

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST appeared to be in turmoil yesterday when it emerged that Glenn Hoddle, who is reportedly wanted by one faction within the Nationwide First Division club to replace Ron Atkinson as manager, has no plans to meet the board to discuss the job.

Hoddle's agent, Dennis Roach, confirmed that his client will not be discussing a possible move back into club management. "Glenn is on holiday at the moment and for the next 10 days and he has no meetings scheduled with Nottingham Forest," Roach said.

Irving Scholar has resigned from the Forest board amid controversy over the appointment of the new manager. Scholar reportedly wanted Forest to bring in the former Liverpool joint-manager Roy Evans but the newly relegated side's chairman, Eric Barnes, and director, Nigel Doughty, instead tried to recruit Hoddle.

"In a football sense, the club is run in amateurish fashion," said Scholar of Forest, who were yesterday drawn to face Mansfield in the first round of the Worthington Cup. "The most important thing is to plan thoroughly for a new season and whoever comes in as Forest's new manager will have no chance to do that. There is too much politics going on at the club and politics and football don't mix."

Manchester United have appointed the Cape Town club FC Fortune as their player development representatives in southern Africa, the club announced yesterday. FC Fortune will look out for talented young footballers in the region while, in return, United will offer advice and technical assistance and take players to Old Trafford and elsewhere in Britain for trials.

Everton supporters have launched an investment partnership which they hope will signal the start of a new era for the club based on fan-power. Fans met in the City of London yesterday to officially unveil Investors in Everton.

Mike Owen, of Investors in Everton, said this was just the first part of a campaign intended to show that the club would make a good investment.

He said: "We have demonstrated the tremendous potential in Everton FC. Different people have put forward different ways in going forward to do something positive and constructive."

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