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New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson refused two huge Chinese offers

New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson could be working in China this year.

Since his England sacking, Hodgson's representatives received two major offers from the Chinese Super League - one worth £8 million-a-year - while he has also spoken at conferences and coaching forums and taken TV work.

He said: “I think that if you say you want to get back but only in the Premier League, then you are just looking for dead men's shoes as well, which isn't a very pleasant situation.

“Most get the job because some poor devil has lost two in a row, perhaps through no fault of his own. Then you're thrown in to get them to win two or three games in a row.

“In my opinion, football and coaching does not work like that. It's a longer-term process and a process that comes about through your interaction with players that you are working with.

“At the end of the day, coaches have a certain importance but they will never have the importance of players. It is the players that you pay to watch and the players that win the games."

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