Sam Allardyce has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to manage a club in the Chinese Super League before being appointed as manager of Crystal Palace.
Clubs in China have been trying to lure high-profile players and managers by offering them unbelievable amounts of money, and it has worked to a degree as Chelsea midfielder Oscar and Boca Juniors striker Carlos Tevez have been the latest big-name players to join the Chinese Super League.
While Oscar and Tevez signed with Shanghai SIPG and Shanghai Shenhua respectively, Allardyce opted not against going to China as he wanted to stay in England after his reign as manager of the national team came to an abrupt end.
“Did I have an offer? Yes. I didn’t go. I could have gone but I preferred to stay here,” Allardyce said. “It’s difficult for a player or a club to turn that down, it’s just the way of the world and changing forces in the football world.
“China has decided it wants to be a force and has decided the way to do it is to buy the best players and pay over the odds. Time will tell if it’s the right thing to do.”
Allardyce also admitted that he is concerned about the future of the Premier League as he feels it could start to suffer if Chinese Super League clubs keep enticing the best players to sign with them.
“Money talks. But if we lose the top, top players from the Premier League then absolutely (it will suffer),” he said. “We didn’t want to lose Gareth Bale, or Ronaldo. But it’s a small world today in football terms and players will pick up their boots and travel.
“What we have to do is encourage the growth of our younger players and produce better talent.”