Hoddle: No interest in Hammers

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.”