Euro 2016 Villain Roy Hodgson Rejected Chance to Appear on 'Strictly Come Dancing'

Danny Ryan

Roy Hodgson's footballing career may be left festering at the bottom of a barrel somewhere after his Euro 2016 nightmare, but that doesn't mean he hasn't had some offers on the table.

Sadly, they weren't for another job in the sport. Oh no, it was an offer from ITV's celebrity show, Strictly Come Dancing.

For some reason, Hodgson opted not to be the latest celebrity to have a little boogie on the dance floor to try and rebuild a tattered career.


Speaking to the ​Big Issue, the former England manager said: " We are moving in a different world now, where celebrity is the key."

Hodgson reveals why he turned down the offer, saying:  “I’d have been another Ed Balls!”

The former Fulham, Liverpool and West Brom boss went on to say that he feels he is far from a celebrity and simply wants to be remembered as a manager.

Fulham's head coach Roy Hodgson applauds
Fulham's head coach Roy Hodgson applauds

“I’ve never regarded myself as a celebrity, I have regarded myself as a professional football manager, a job which I have done for many years and think I do well.

“I’m quite proud of my achievements. But I don’t think that lifts me into the celebrity world.”

Hodgson actually enjoyed a rather fruitful career as a club manager, particularly at Fulham.

Atletico Madrid v Fulham - UEFA Europa League Final
Atletico Madrid v Fulham - UEFA Europa League Final

One of the very few English managers to move abroad, Hodgson had stints in Italy, Sweden, Switzerland, Norway, Finland, Denmark and the United Arab Emirates.

With the ability to communicate effectively in four other languages, the Englishman is far from the laughing stock he sadly became after his disastrous summer in France. Why Harry Kane on corners though Roy?

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