That was the weekend that was: Prima donnas are not a Premiership preserve
Monday 25 January 1999
Hodges, who will be 36 in April, had been helping out his long-time mate, Dave Bassett, at Nottingham Forest but was released by the club at the beginning of the year and returned to Hull, the seventh of his eight League clubs.
He impressed in a second-string match against York reserves and seemed likely to win a new contract from manager Warren Joyce - until last Thursday. With Joyce away scouting, reserve coach Rod Arnold asked Hodges to turn out in another reserve match, against Chesterfield - a request that did not, it seems, go down well with Hodges, who had started the season in the Premiership.
Joyce's assistant, John McGovern, said he was stunned by Hodges' decision. "Basically, he told Rod he did not think he could gain anything from playing in the reserves. He refused to play."
Perhaps Hull should have seen it coming. After leaving Boothferry Park last year, when Bassett invited him to revive his top-level career, Hodges confessed he had become so disillusioned with life at the bottom he had been close to quitting.
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