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Glenn Hoddle's agent claims the former England coach never considered himself as a serious contender for the vacant West Brom job.

Dennis Roach insisted Hoddle ruled himself out of the running to succeed Gary Megson after preliminary talks with Albion chairman Jeremy Peace.

Roach's statement comes after the Baggies announced at the weekend they had ruled Hoddle out of the running.

Roach said: "I had one meeting with the chairman of West Brom and then Glenn had a preliminary meeting with him too.

"At no time were finances or staff discussed because we were unable to agree the length of contract.

"Initially we talked about Glenn going to The Hawthorns until the end of the season, which suited him, but then the chairman moved the goalposts and wanted a longer contract.

"However, Mr Peace came out on Saturday and said Glenn was no longer in contention, and we were both surprised and disappointed about that.

"As far as we are concerned it was a big mix-up, but Glenn wishes West Brom and their fans all the best for the future."

Former Middlesbrough manager Bryan Robson is widely tipped to become Megson's successor this week. Robson built his reputation in the Baggies' midfield before moving on to fame, fortune and trophies with Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Millwall last night signed Scotland international Scott Dobie from West Brom.

The former Carlisle striker agreed to join the Lions in a pounds 750,000 deal after turning down Championship rivals Preston.

The transfer sees West Brom guaranteed pounds 500,000, with a further pounds 250,000 due should Dobie help the Londoners climb into the Premiership.

Dobie, who had fallen out of favour at the Hawthorns, will join former team-mate Danny Dichio at the New Den.

Baggies caretaker boss Frank Burrows said: "He dropped down the pecking order after the arrivals of Geoff Horsfield, Kanu and Robert Earnshaw but he's hungry and ambitious enough to look for first team football elsewhere.

"And this is his chance to get that at Millwall. Scott was very popular with the fans and we wish him all the best in his ongoing career."

Dobie made 127 appearances for West Brom and netted 26 goals.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Nov 9, 2004
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