Glenn Hoddle Academy link up with Hyde

By Emlyn BegleyBBC Sport
Glenn Hoddle
Hoddle set up the academy in Spain three years ago

The Glenn Hoddle Academy have linked up with Blue Square Bet North side Hyde.

The GHA, which gives footballers released by professional clubs another chance to succeed, will move from Spain to England, training at Bisham Abbey.

The GHA will have no ownership stake in Hyde, but intend to use the club to attract interest in their youngsters.

They had been keen to take over Rushden & Diamonds, but that deal collapsed earlier this month and the Diamonds have since been demoted.

The GHA had a link with Spanish fourth-tier side Jerez Industrial last season, providing their entire squad and coaches, but fell out in a dispute over cash.

However, their set-up with Hyde will be different, with the Greater Manchester club still providing players of their own alongside the GHA youngsters and the GHA having no say on the coaching or management side.

Hyde will take over registration of GHA players, and in that capacity have already transferred GHA striker Ben Williamson and midfielder Ryan Burge to League Two side Port Vale.

Numerous players who have been in the GHA since it was formed in 2008 now play in the English leagues, while former Oxford City striker Ikechi Anya joined Spanish top-flight club Sevilla in 2009.

Hyde finished 19th in the table last season, only avoiding relegation by four points.

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