Monitor: All the News of the World Glenn Hoddle's Sacking the King of Jordan Tom Spencer's Resignation Gerhard Schroder Louise Sullivan's Sentence

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He put his boot in his mouth


The Sun THOSE WHO say it is unfair that Hoddle should be sacked over his religious beliefs miss the point. If Hoddle had kept his thoughts to himself, he would still have a job. He would have been judged by his team's results. But he opened his big mouth and put his boot in. Hoddle's brief reign ended in ignominy on and off the field. The Daily Telegraph ONE NEED share none of Hoddle's views to believe that the conclusion - reached by Mr Blair, The Times and the FA - that his departure was the "correct way forward" (which means, of course, the politically correct way forward) is worrying. Many religious opinions are regarded as wicked or wrong-headed by those who do not share them. But that their expression should be followed by a witch hunt led by the highest political figure in the land is insupportable. The Express Mr Hoddle's comments show him unfit to bear the responsibility of being England coach. the FA's dithering makes us question whether it is fit to carry on governeing the sport. Even the Conservative party, as it showed at the weekend in the case of Tom Spencer, has learned the lesson of acting quickly when somebody clearly merits dismissal. The Star EVERY TIME he opens his mouth Glenn Hoddle gets into hot water. So we've found him just the job - as a tea boy. Toddle off, Hoddle, and spout your twaddle somewhere else. The Scotsman INSULTING DISABLED people is never a good career move but Hoddle has only insulted the previous incarnations of the disabled. His beliefs are thus more offensive to existentialists than to disabled people, but come pre-packed with a get-out clause, that those who do not accept the concept of reincarnation are under no obligation to go off in a huff. Why, then, was Hoddle told to go? Until now, spiritual wisdom has not been one of the prerequisites for a career in football management. Similarly, the Dalai Lama has not been employed for his football expertise. For both of these things we should be thankful. (Alastair McKay) The Mirror THE HARSH fact of life is that if you are England football manager, then every word you say will be scrutinised. And what Hoddle said was clearly offensive to disabled people. It has been an ugly episode for all concerned. Glenn Hoddle has gone because he made the mistake of airing a controversial religious belief. This is a curious way for a football manager to lose his job. And one that sets a dangerous precedent for other public figures. New Statesman MR HODDLE is an inarticulate, unsophisticated man. In that, he is similar to most people who have made a living in professional sport, which requires, at an age when other young people are developing all facets of their personalities, a single-minded dedication to training and physical fitness. Such men would do best to stick to subjects they understand, but they should not be barred from prominent positions if they allow embarrassing opinions to slip out. Free speech is not an optional extra for a democratic society: it is the bedrock of liberty, without which even the right to vote is largely pointless. It is also indivisible, applying as much to the stupid, misguided and wicked as to anyone else. If new Labour leaders really wish to claim the best of English liberalism, they need to understand that. The Guardian I AGREE that Hoddle's irrational beliefs disqualify him from running the English football team. How could we hope to qualify for the European championship under a manager who still thinks that Alan Shearer is the most prolific goal scorer in the land? (Francis Wheen) The Times THE FALL of Glenn Hoddle was as necessary as it was inevitable. He had lost the support without which it was impossible to be the figurehead for the national game. An England football coach, like other sporting icons, is now quite properly considered a public figure in a fashion that would once not have been appropriate. …