Media Extended Essay Glen Hodd

Topics: England national football team, Glenn Hoddle, Tabloid Pages: 7 (3185 words) Published: October 8, 1999

There are not many jobs in England that bring about as much media attention as the positions in Football and there is one job in particular that has the media spotlight constantly shining down upon it's owner and that is the England Managers job. It does not help either when you are also a former England player with a creative spark that brought attention to yourself on and off the field. This was the problem of Glen Hoddle who was the darling of English football during the 80's and his legacy continued and brought the job as England manager. Glen Hoddle started off being conveyed very well in the media with nearly all the tabloid and broadsheets portraying him as the future of English football. He was a clean cut young man with the international footballing world at his feet. Unfortunately after a few unconvincing results, lots of controversy over a faith healer and a poor world cup the media soon started to turn on Glen Hoddle. When you are in the public eye you have to be very careful about what you do and what you say especially when you have the media's knives out to get you. Glen Hoddle, Unfortunately for him is a man that is not afraid to talk about his own beliefs and he is known to have strong views on God and religion. The story breaks that Hoddle has said that disabled people are being punished for sins in past lives. Once the news of this got out there was no holding back . Every form of media broke the story with follow up reports on the reactions of disabled people, famous peoples view points and the odds on the next England manager. There were calls for Glen Hoddle's resignation and everyone had a view point. The paper that I am concentrating on is the mirror and the way that he was portrayed in the paper.

The media language that Glen Hoddle conveys in the paper would be very important to the out come of the story and how public opinion would go. The section of the story I am following goes over five papers from the break of the story to the aftermath of the sacking. We will also see the change in the way the story is reported and why the change came about. The way that Glen Hoddle is represented in the papers is very clear. Before Hoddle was sacked all the pictures that we see of Glen Hoddle shows him with a very worried look on his face. They are not all recent but they have been chosen to fit the situation. They could have been from years ago from when Hoddle was at Swindon and was worried about relegation and money problems. However when the reader sees a picture of Hoddle with a worried expression they automatically think that it is a recent picture and shows how Hoddle is really feeling when really we see what the paper wants us to think about how Hoddle is feeling. There is once instance in the when the mirror get a interview with Hoddle the reporter the conducted the interview Harry Harris we get a photo from a while back taken at a training camp and there is Hoddle and Harry Harris together and they are both smiling. This picture has been included to show that there is a relationship between the two, allegedly. This is meant to show that Hoddle is speaking frankly to somebody that he knows and is going to be a interview from the heart and that is the way that the paper has been published. The photos all make sure that the eyes of Hoddle are an important factor of the picture. Also in later shots the way his body language and his style of clothes are very similar to a type of television preacher that is going to ask you to donate money to a certain charity. There is a big change in the way that Glen Hoddle is portrayed in the Mirror. The mirror starts off with the opinion that Hoddle is "Arrogant" ( Mirror 1st Feb.) and should go. The ‘voice' of the mirror which makes the papers view point very clear shows how it believes Hoddle is wrong. ( Mirror 1st feb.) However a few days after the bad publicity storeys the mirror got a break. Hoddle left the...
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