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Hoddle not interested in Ukraine job

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has turned down an approach to become Ukraine manager, but the indications are that the one-time Chelsea and Spurs boss is ready for a surprise return to football management, ESPN understands.

While Harry Redknapp's agent Paul Stretford was in Ukraine and Redknapp, another former Spurs manager, declared he was "serious" about the offer, Hoddle was also sounded out.

Having been out of the dugout since managing Wolves in 2006 to concentrate on his football academy, the signs are that Hoddle intends to make a return to management soon, even if he yet to publicly declare as much.

An ESPN source said: "Glenn Hoddle is much in demand, and although he has rejected many jobs in the past, there is a feeling that if he was offered the right job he could be enticed back into management.

"All I can tell you is that there has been calls to Glenn Hoddle's representatives asking whether he would be interested in the Ukraine job, but it doesn't look as though he is, so he won't be going over there for talks."

Hoddle has rejected nearly 30 managerial job offers in recent years to focus on academy in Spain. He was recently approached by Blackburn and he had an interview with Nottingham Forest.

So far, none of those projects have interested the ex-Southampton and Tottenham manager, but the indications are that he could be enticed out of his self-imposed exile if the right project does materialise.

Ukraine's hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals already appear to be slim; the Euro 2012 hosts are winless in Group G, having drawn away to England and Moldova, and lost at home to Montenegro.

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