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KEVIN KEEGAN will take the England manager's job if the Football Association offers it, he said yesterday.

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THIS WEEK I had intended to declare this column a Hoddle-free zone. Indeed, I had indicated as much to the editor. However, the affair of the former England manager became not only part of politics but an illustration of the precise questions about Mr Tony Blair and Mr William Hague which I had meant to raise anyway. But first I should like to make a few points about Mr Glenn Hoddle himself.

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Football: Bobby Robson offers to help

BOBBY ROBSON, the former England manager, said last night that providing he could free himself he would be prepared to take temporary charge of the national team should there be a parting of the ways between Glenn Hoddle and the Football Association.

Football: The end is nigh for Hoddle

Football: England coach runs out of support at the FA and faces the sack despite a shortage of likely successors

Football: Goldberg denies attack on Venables

THE CRYSTAL Palace chairman, Mark Goldberg, has moved to distance himself from criticism of Terry Venables in which he was said to have admitted that hiring the former England coach was a mistake.

Football: Bradford boosted by Beagrie's late penalty

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Football: Jansen joins Rovers strike force

FOR A man who needed persuasion to be a manager, Brian Kidd shows no reluctance to take the risk of spending money. Yesterday he pushed his outlay in the five weeks since he took over at Blackburn to nearly pounds 12m when Crystal Palace's Matt Jansen signed a deal which will keep him at Ewood Park until June 2004.

Football: Part-time role for Venables

TERRY VENABLES stepped down as manager of Crystal Palace last night as the First Division club finally reached agreement on his future. The former England coach is to be retained as a part-time consultant and Steve Coppell, the club's director of football, has taken charge of team affairs.

Football: Venables on his way out at Palace

TERRY VENABLES was on the verge of parting company with Crystal Palace last night after talks with his chairman, Mark Goldberg. If Venables goes, Palace are expected to offer the manager's position to Steve Coppell, who has filled the job on two previous occasions and is currently the club's director of football.

Sports letter: No sense in sales policy at Palace

Sir: After Michael Owen, Matt Jansen is the most exciting young forward in the country. Don't just take that from Crystal Palace fans like me: ask Peter Taylor, manager of the England Under-21 team, or Four Four Two magazine, which recently voted him the best striker outside the Premiership.

Football: Bolton binge on Palace's poor appetite

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Your usual table? Who eats where: Terry Venables Ex-England Manager

I LIKE to go to places where I know I'm going to get a good welcome. It's part of the meal to chat with everyone there and find out what's going on in their world. That's why I usually stay with tried and trusted restaurants like the Rib Room at the Hyatt Carlton Tower (2 Cadogan Place, SW1, 0171 235 1234). I'm not a big meat-eater, but if you're going to have meat it's definitely the place to go.

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