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Spireites reach Morsy agreement

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Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:21:00

Glenn Hoddle would be prepared to meet with the Football Association to discuss forward planning but does not want the England U21 job.

As a former manager of the senior national side, Hoddle has no desire to return to coaching with the Young Lions.

He is, however, willing to speak with the FA about tackling the issues which continue to undermine England's efforts on the international stage.

Hoddle has been outspoken in his criticism of coaching and the development of young players - with a disappointing showing from the U21s at this summer's European Championship highlighting his case.

He feels more needs to be done to address the problems and claims he would happily discuss the matter with incoming FA chairman Greg Dyke and director of elite development Dan Ashworth.

Hoddle said: "If the FA want to have a chat, that's fine, but it would have to be people at the top.

"If Greg Dyke wants to sit down and have a lunch and a chat, then fine, I would love to do that."

On Ashworth, he added: "Of course I'd listen to him. We've all got ideas. Anybody who says they can't learn anything else is either ignorant or arrogant or both.

"In any master plan, any business, it's a series of people who all have ideas. There's lots of people out there who passionately want to, and can, help England succeed."

On the chances of him succeeding Stuart Pearce as coach of the U21 side, Hoddle said: "When you have been the senior manager, it would be difficult to go back in another capacity."

Morsy is a free agent after turning down the offer of a new contract but the Burslem club are entitled to a fee for the former Wolves trainee as he is under the age of 24.

Vale chairman Norman Smurthwaite called Chesterfield's initial offer for Morsy "insulting" but the Spireites have had a second sum accepted by the League One newcomers.

Morsy's agent Matt Kleinman has revealed the player is in talks with Paul Cook's side and he expects the 21-year-old's move to the Proact Stadium to be completed early next week.

"A deal has been agreed between Chesterfield and Port Vale so it is just up to us to agree personal terms and I don't think that will be a problem," Kleinman said.

"I think we are very close to agreeing personal terms and the player should hopefully be signing pretty quickly, maybe within the next 72 hours or so.

"I think Port Vale have been very good in all of this and we are close to making it happen. I don't think there will be a problem in it going through."

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