Sir Alex Ferguson had feisty row “ranting and raving” at Hoddle in phone call

Sir Alex Ferguson had a feisty row during a phone call with Glenn Hoddle as he "ranted and raved" at the former England manager.

Hoddle was manager of the Three Lions for three years during the second half of the 1990s after replacing Terry Venables following the end of Euro 1996.

He oversaw victory at Le Tournoi in 1997 before England reached the round of 16 at the World Cup in France in 1998 before being beaten on penalties by Argentina after a 2-2 draw.

Hoddle was later dismissed from his role after comments he made about the disabled in an interview with The Times in January 1999.

Writing in his column for The Guardian, Hoddle discussed his relationship with the legendary former Manchester United manager during his time as England boss.

“Dealing with United wasn’t easy," revealed the former Chelsea and Swindon Town manager.

“There were problems getting players to report for duty at times and I had a row with “Ferguson over two of his players before one friendly.

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“His conduct was unprofessional when we spoke on the phone.

“I wasn’t going to use the players but I wanted them to join up because we were preparing for the World Cup. But he wasn’t having it.

“He was ranting and raving, even when I said I would send them back once the meetings were out of the way.

“I can’t repeat what he called me. I just put the phone down. He called back to apologise but he wasn’t happy.

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“It all became a bit of a battle, and he used his Sunday Times column to criticise me when David and Gary Neville were put up at a press conference shortly after our win over Tunisia.

“Apparently it was insensitive after they’d been left out of the game. There was no big strategy on my part.”

After leaving his position as England boss, Hoddle went on to manager Southampton, Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves but has not managed since the end of the 2005/06 season.

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