Hoddle not interested in West Ham post

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has ruled himself out of the

running for the West Ham hotseat, insisting that the timing is not

right.

The Hammers sacked boss Avram Grant immediately after the 3-2

defeat at Wigan on Sunday, which confirmed their relegation to the

Championship.

Former Newcastle manager Chris Hughton remains the bookies’

favourite to take the West Ham post, with QPR boss Neil Warnock,

Martin O’Neill and Sam Allardyce also mooted as potential

candidates.

Hoddle, who now runs an academy aimed at giving young players

released by their clubs a second chance, has seen his name crop up

on some betting markets but the former Chelsea and Tottenham

manager insists it is merely speculation.

“I’ve never said that I have finished with football management

at any level,” he said, speaking at a Football 40 event at Planet

Hollywood, London.

“That is something that might be for the future and I didn’t

replace that with my football academy, I just felt football needed

something like that.

“The guys needed something of second a chance to get back into

the game and we’re proving we are doing that quite reasonably

well.

“In the future, I’ve always said international football would be

interesting for me after doing it with England.

“And who is to say that at some stage in some way, shape or form

in the future going back into mainstream management is not

something I am saying no to.

“But at this moment of time I am quite happy with the

development of the academy and I need to sort of push that through

over the next season.”

When asked to clarify whether he would be interested in the

post, he responded: “At the moment I don’t think the timing is

right, put it that way.”