Football: Hoddle on Verge of International Return as Jamaica Beckons

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Glenn Hoddle appears set to return to football - as the new coach of Jamaica. The former England manager is expected to travel to the Caribbean in a few days' time to discuss terms with the Jamaican Football Federation.

Hoddle is on a two-man short-list along with Jose Pekerman, who resigned as Argentina's coach after the World Cup and who will be interviewed next week. However, it is believed that, despite Pekerman's impressive track record, the Jamaicans favour appointing Hoddle because he is English-speaking, has a higher profile and is based in Europe where the majority of their players are.

The Jamaicans had hoped to appoint another coach who left his post after the tournament in Germany, Sven Goran Eriksson, and were prepared to pay him up to pounds 3m a year. However, they have grown impatient as the Swede has stalled on making a decision while attempting to sort out his future with a club.

Hoddle, 49 next month, will be paid substantially less than what was on offer for Eriksson but is understood to be extremely keen to take up the post, as it offers him a route back into international management, after his decision to quit Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer. The JFF would also not prevent him from combining it with a club job if he eventually received another approach. …