But he didn't say that. He said: "I'm on a contract at this football club and it's only speculation - non-facts that are brought to my attention. It's always very difficult to talk about things that are hypothetical and things that are very non-fact. I have a contract at this football club, we are in a good place at this particular moment because the focus is on these play-off games. It's very difficult to speak about anything that's not fact. At this moment, [the play-offs] are taking 100 per cent of my focus."
If I was a Birmingham fan, I would be very worried about the repetition of "At this moment". Well, until a moment at some point yesterday, Hodgson was West Brom's manager wasn't he? And until he was appointed, it was a non fact and speculation that he was taking the England job. As denials of interest go, it is hardly ringing!
The speculation and non facts are sure to be unsettling. This is perfect news from Blackpool's point of view and, given we don't want Birmingham in the final, if we get there, great news for West Ham!
Come on you poaching Baggies!