Football: The Hoddle Sacking - Glenn's Gaffes

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December 1997: States that Michael Owen cannot be guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad. Hoddle says: "There are certain things he needs to stamp out of his game and from his off-the-pitch situation as well. He is not the finished article that everyone thinks he is." He later telephones Liverpool manager Roy Evans to explain he has "been misinterpreted."

May 1998: Hoddle names his World Cup squad in La Manga, leaving out Paul Gascoigne, who he claims is overweight. He also criticises the player's drinking habits, Gascoigne having got drunk while playing a round of golf the previous day.

June 1998: Criticises David Beckham, saying he "was not focused, he was vague, and maybe his club need to look at that further. He's got to understand that football comes first."

August 1998: Hoddle says his only mistake in the World Cup was not taking faith-healer Eileen Drewery to France, claiming she "could have brought us that extra 20 per cent."

January 1999: Hoddle is quoted in The Times as saying that disabled people are suffering as a result of sins in a past life. Later he claims he has been misquoted and threatens legal

action.

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