Hoddle: I could still manage the England team
Former England boss Glenn Hoddle has refused to rule out a return to the role of national team manager. The 50-year-old is currently heading up a development programme in Spain for young players who have been released by their clubs but he would not definitely rule out leading the Three Lions at some point in the future. Hoddle, who led England to the 1998 World Cup before his sacking for comments about the disabled, told the Ian Wright and Adrian Durham Show on talkSPORT: 'I wouldn't do it at the moment because of this development. 'In saying that, possibly the two could go hand in hand. 'But this is a passion I have set in motion. 'But in the long-term future, who knows?' The Football Association are currently searching for a successor to Steve McClaren, whose tenure ended when England failed to qualify for Euro 2008 following their defeat by Croatia two weeks ago. Chief executive Brian Barwick has been canvassing the opinions of managers and players and Hoddle is set to be consulted. Hoddle said: 'We haven't spoken but I know him from TV days. 'There are some things that need to be addressed. They need to find out as much as they possibly can and tap into that vast experience. 'And there is no-one better than the people who have been in the job. 'I felt dreadfully sorry for Steve - he took a terrible battering. 'If you look at the quality of the players that were missing...it's like sending Ricky Hatton going out with one arm behind his back.' The former Tottenham winger also believes he was treated unfairly and received little support from the FA in the face of intense press attention, who he claims offer more leniency to foreign managers. 'I wouldn't have lost my job if Graham Kelly had still been there and Keith Wiseman who appointed me. But they had been shifted out themselves through some awful ways,' Hoddle continued. 'They would have backed me but that didn't happen. 'I think the press give a foreign manager a bit more time and leniency. 'My experience was so unjust, it was unbelievable - perhaps they have learned a bit. 'Perhaps they have to look at the results unless they do something - if you get turned over by the press, if you don't have the strength to back your manager. 'I didn't really want to work for them if they were that weak. Now it has changed and all moved on. 'At that time look at the results. 'It's the greatest job football-wise, it's the worst in the world public-wise.'