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Sheffield United used infamous faith healer Eileen Drewery at the same time as England

Sheffield United used infamous faith healer Eileen Drewery during the 1990s.

She hit the headlines that decade when it emerged England manager Glenn Hoddle was getting his players to see her.

As The Guardian reports, Hoddle first met Drewery when he went to her with a hamstring injury while still playing.

When the problem was “cured” the next day, he was convinced of her healing powers and later compared her to Jesus.

Later as a manager, Hoddle sent players to her while in charge at Swindon Town and Chelsea. Yet it was ahead of the 1998 World Cup when Drewery made national news.

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Hoddle says 17 or 18 of his World Cup squad were “helped” by her. Drewery claimed to have cured Paul Merson’s drug issues and stopped Ian Wright scoring against Italy to prevent a riot.

Hoddle believed England would have gone further than the quarter-finals in France had Drewery been with the squad.

But the FA had misgivings about his use of the spiritual guru.

As The Sunday Post reports, Hoddle was sacked in 1999 after saying in an interview with a newspaper that disabled people were being punished for sins in past lives.

Eileen Drewery was also helping Sheffield United

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When Hoddle and his England side were seeing Drewery ahead of the World Cup, it’s emerged so were players from the Blades.

Nigel Spackman took charge of United in the summer of 1997. He is a friend of Hoddle’s and later worked for his academy.

BBC News reports Spackman’s son developed jaundice at birth, which resulted in brain damage.

Wayne Quinn was a member of the Blades squad in 1997/98 and says the boss was taking his son to see Drewery.

One day, Quinn went along as well.

“I had a problem with my knees and I could never get why I struggled,” the former left-back told The Sheff United Way podcast.

“When I got injured that season, he (Spackman) took me to London to see Eileen Drury. Me, him and his son went down from Sheffield to her house.

“She got hold of my knee and said; ‘you’ve got a good three or four years. This is just a mental thing’.

“That was before it came out in the papers about all the England players being made to go and see her. And as I was coming out, Glenn Hoddle was coming in.

“I’ve got nothing bad to say about her. Whether it worked or not, I don’t know.”

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