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So, what has Roy Hodgson been up to since the Iceland embarrassment? From turning down Strictly Come Dancing to advising in Australia

  • Roy Hodgson stayed out of spotlight since England's Euro 2016 Iceland defeat 
  • But the 70-year-old has influenced appointments within the professional game
  • A Chinese Super League club headhunted affable south Londoner for £8m role 
  • He declined spot on BBC One light entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing  

Roy Hodgson is back in the spotlight, 15 months after resigning from England, some what through the trapdoor. 

And although his position has been side of stage since, he has never slid entirely from view. 

The 70-year-old has maintained a presence in football ever since that excruciating defeat by Iceland at Euro 2016 and has influenced appointments elsewhere. 

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is set to move back into the footballing spotlight

Former England boss Roy Hodgson is set to move back into the footballing spotlight

As a close friend of Norwich owners Delia Smith and Michael Wynn-Jones, Hodgson was consulted in March over whether the club should create a role of sporting director. 

Smith even suggested Hodgson might accept the post, but he was set on a return to management and Stuart Webber was recruited instead. 

Job offers rolled in from abroad. Hodgson was headhunted by the Chinese Super League, with power-brokers willing to offer an £8million a year salary — more than double his £3.5m FA wage. 

Crystal Palace are to appoint Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer after four league games 

Crystal Palace are to appoint Hodgson after sacking Frank de Boer after four league games 

Hodgson has played a behind-the-scenes role in football since his England team lost to Iceland

Last December he told BBC Radio 5 Live he had been 'scarred' by the way his reign as national manager ended. 'Where grieving is involved, do you ever really get over it? I don't know.,' he said.

The approach by Norwich came at around the same time as Leicester sounded out his appetite after sacking Claudio Ranieri.

Hodgson met Leicester chiefs for an informal chat but nothing further progressed. 

In April Hodgson took up a secondment to Australia in an advisory role to assist A-League club Melbourne City. He spent time with coaches at the club, a month-long stay set up by friend and City Football Group executive Brian Marwood. 

Hodgson got TV punditry work for beIN Sports, travelling to Doha for the Confederations Cup, and in July he flew even further, to talk at the Sport Business Summit in Beijing.

But his focus remained on getting a No 1 gig again. 

He rejected the chance to appear on Strictly Come Dancing ('I'd have been another Ed Balls') and bought a flat in Richmond. 

Hodgson has played a behind-the-scenes role in football since his England team lost to Iceland

Hodgson has played a behind-the-scenes role in football since his England team lost to Iceland

Hodgson assisted in the A-League and was head-hunted by a Chinese Super League club

Hodgson assisted in the A-League and was head-hunted by a Chinese Super League club

A voracious reader, he told The Big Issue in March that A Fairy Tale of New York by J P Donleavy is his favourite book, and explained his philosophy on navigating London. 

'I don't want to travel in a chauffeur-driven car. Because it's not me, it's not my background, and it's not what I could get used to.' 

And now Palace will hope he can get used to them.

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