The Football Association’s director of public affairs David Davies
has run into a storm of controversy over Glenn Hoddle’s book Glenn
Hoddle: The 1998 World Cup Story which he apparently co-wrote with the
England head coach.
Reports have suggested that Davies was given the task of writing the
book in order to make it less controversial than previous managers’
He hasn’t succeeded.
A string of football luminaries have criticised Hoddle and the FA’s head
public relations honcho for revealing details of Hoddle’s spats with
Paul Gascoigne and rebel striker Chris Sutton.
Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers’
Association says in the Express: ’They (the Football Association) will
have to be very careful now when they charge players over comments. I
don’t really see how they can do it anymore.’
Indeed it would be a little strange if the Football Association charged
Hoddle over remarks made in the book. Due to Davies’ collusion it would
also have to accuse itself of bringing the game into disrepute. The
standard charge when individuals step out of line.
Tony Banks, London football correspondent at the Express, tells me: ’The
FA’s PR has got a lot better over the past couple of years.’
Perhaps it was getting too easy and Davies decided to liven things up.