The 13 Highest Paid Football Managers In The World

Football’s highest paid managers for the 2015/16 season have been announced by sports magazine Football France. The figures, cited by City AM, show that the game’s top managers can compete with their superstar players when it comes to massive salaries. It seems that British managers need to up their game, as only one made the list — even though he was fired. In fact four of the top 13 managers are currently without a job, but made money from generous compensation packages or owed salaries. The ranking comes as accountancy firm Deloitte announced on Friday that Premier League club wages are increasing at the cost of profit. Check out the highest paid managers in the list below.
13. Laurent Blanc — Paris Saint-Germain
2015/16 Income: €8 million (£6.4 million; $9 million)
Paris Saint-Germain pay their players a crazy amount of money, and the same goes for its manager. PSG have won the last 4 domestic titles in France, but their Champions League performances haven’t quite matched up to that run.

12. Carlo Ancelotti — unattached
2015/16 Income: €8 million (£6.4 million; $9 million)
The only manager to have won the UEFA Champions League three times, he’s due to start a contract with Bayern Munich at the end of the year — but got £6 million in the meantime as the job was supposed to start this season.

11. Andre Villas-Boas — Zenit Saint Petersburg
2015/16 Income: €8.5 million (£6.8 million; $9.6 million)
This Portuguese manager had short tenures at Chelsea and Tottenham before departing to Russia, which he’ll also leave after a two year deal worth more than £13 million. He’s still the youngest manager to ever win a European title with Porto in 2011 when he was just 33.

10. Louis Van Gaal — Manchester United
2015/16 Income: €9.5 million (£7.6 million; $10.7 million)
The Dutchman may not have had a great season at Manchester United this year, but he’s still one of the most decorated football managers in Europe and continues to rake it in.

9. Brendan Rodgers — unattached
2015/16 Income: €10 million (£8 million; $11.3 million)
After spending two years at Liverpool, Rogers was sacked by the club just 10 games into his third season there. Still, he got a nice payoff.

8. Arsene Wenger — Arsenal
2015/16 Income: €11 million (£8.8 million; $12.4 million)
Having joined Arsenal way back in 1996, Wenger gets paid over £8 million a year to manage the Gunners. He’s taken them to Premier League glory three times and won the FA Cup six times, though some wonder whether it’s time for the team to get some fresh blood.

7. Luis Enrique — Barcelona
2015/16 Income: €12 million (£9.6 million; $13.5 million)
Enrique won Barcelona the treble in his first season there, and his salary has ballooned accordingly. He also won the 2015 Fifa World Coach award for his troubles, which may see him even higher up the manager pay list next year.

6. Diego Simeone — Athletico Madrid
2015/16 Income: €12.5 million (£10 million; $14.1 million)
Simeone won over a hundred caps playing for Argentina before becoming a very well paid manager. Since coaching Athletico Madrid he’s taken them to Europa League and La Liga glory.

5. Jurgen Klopp — Liverpool
2015/16 Income: €13 million (£10.4 million; $14.7 million)
Klopp took Borussia Dortmund to great success before joining Liverpool in October last year, replacing Brendan Rodgers. Fans have taken his buckets of charisma to their hearts. This week he led Liverpool to an unlikely Europa League win against his old side.

4. Rafael Benitez — Newcastle United
2015/16 Income: €14.8 million (£11.8 million; $16.7 million)
Speaking of Liverpool, Benitez was there for six years before joining a slew of clubs including Inter Milan, Chelsea and Real Madrid. He’s now settled at Newcastle for a three year deal that pays him handsomely.

2. Fabio Capello — unattached
2015/16 Income: €16.5 million (£13.1 million; $18.6 million)
England fans will recognise Capello, who managed the national team between 2008 and 2012. He needs another job now, having just been sacked by Russia.

1. Jose Mourinho — unattached
2015/16 Income: €24 million (£19 million; $27 million)
The best paid manager in football is one who was sacked earlier in the season. Chelsea dumped Mourinho after a bad start to the season, and rumours of where he’ll go next continue to be one of the biggest talking points in football. In the meantime, continued pay by Chelsea and endorsement deals with Adidas, Hublot and Alibaba have kept his bank account full.


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