Monday, February 1, 1999 Published at 22:47 GMT
Hoddle awaits fate
Glenn Hoddle: "I didn't say those things"
England coach Glenn Hoddle will hear on Tuesday whether he is to be sacked as the row continues over his reported remarks about people with disabilities.
The panel's deliberations are continuing with a statement expected around lunchtime.
Hoddle's grip on his job is in doubt after the prime minister joined the chorus of disapproval over views attributed to the coach that disabled people were paying for the sins of a previous life.
"The writ is basically dissatisfaction with what has been written," Mr Roach said.
The newspaper is standing by its story, saying it is "amazed and appalled" at Hoddle's denial.
"It (couldn't be) further from the truth from what I believe about the handicapped and the disabled," he told ITN.
"The work that I've done with them over 25 to 26 years is there for everyone to see. And there's a lot of things privately that I'm not going to get involved in because I don't feel it's the right time to bring that out."
The prime minister, speaking on ITV's This Morning with Richard and Judy, said if Hoddle had made the comments, which were included in a Times interview, "it would be very difficult for him to stay".
He added: "If he said what he is reported to have said in the way he is reported to have said it then I think that was very wrong."
But faith healer Eileen Drewery, who is widely regarded as Hoddle's spiritual mentor, defended the coach, saying she believed he had been treated "worse than Saddam Hussein" over the interview.
The Nationwide Building Society has warned the FA it could hit the organisation in the pocket over the row.
The society announced an estimated �15m sponsorship of England just two weeks ago, and has acted to dissociate itself from Hoddle's remarks.
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If he did repeat these comments I think we would need to talk very seriously with the FA about the implications."