Date:Monday July 3 2006
Just like many said he would, when the going got tough, Glenn Hoddle got out.
After little more than 18 months at the club, Glenn Hoddle called CEO Jez Moxey at 3pm Saturday afternoon to hand in his resignation.
Was Hoddle trying to see the story buried amidst all the furore surrounding an England World Cup Final? Almost certainly the answer is yes, a fact that will do nothing to alter the opinions of many fans who felt that his heart was never truly in the job.
On Saturday, Jez Moxey said :
'I had an unexpected call from the manager Glenn Hoddle at about 3 o'clock this afternoon (Saturday). He told me he was resigning with immediate effect.
'I asked him to reconsider but he said that his mind was made up. However, he did agree to meet with me on Monday.
'We will issue a further statement in due course.'
A statement released by Hoddle's representatives said
'I wish to announce my decision, with immediate effect, to resign as manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club.
'It has been a very difficult decision but I feel that my expectations and the club's expectations have drifted too far apart in recent weeks. This decision has been made early in pre-season for the benefit of the club.
'I would like to take the opportunity of thanking the board, players, staff and fans for their support and efforts and wish everyone connected with Wolverhampton Wanderers every success in the future.'
Hoddles reign will go down as one of disapointment and failure, confused tactics and frequently even more confused players. Now the search begins in earnest to find a replacement.
As far as many fans are concerned there is only one name worth putting on the list.
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