France talk to Hoddle over vacant national job

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Glenn Hoddle, the former England coach, is among the favourites to become the new manager of France after being interviewed by the French Football Federation yesterday.



Glenn Hoddle, the former England coach, is among the favourites to become the new manager of France after being interviewed by the French Football Federation yesterday.

Hoddle, who lost his job as manager of Tottenham last September, has received strong interest from the French as they seek to appoint a replacement for Jacques Santini.

Hoddle's main rivals for the post appear to be the former France captain Laurent Blanc and former Fulham manager Jean Tigana, although Tigana might be ruled out as he is facing a High Court case against the Craven Cottage club in October - during the World Cup qualifiers - over his transfer dealings at the club.

"I am delighted to have been interviewed by the French football authorities," said Hoddle, who enjoyed a spell as a player at Monaco. "It would be a great challenge for me to work in France. In the French team, only two or three players play in their country. I believe a foreign coach can bring a different approach and new ideas."

France are expected to announce their decision early next week. Other contenders for the job include former Senegal coach Bruno Metsu and René Girard, the former assistant to Roger Lemerre.

The Greek Football Federation said that Otto Rehhagel, who steered Greece to victory in last weekend's Euro 2004 final, is set to stay as coach of their national team until after the 2006 World Cup. "Mr Rehhagel will stay with the Greek football federation for the next two years," said their president, Vassilis Gagatsis.

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