Show me the money! Football financial records continue to fall each season. Gareth Bale was the first player to break the 100 million barrier and Manchester United and Manchester City have spent money that only most teams can dream about in recent seasons. Player’s wages are as high as £275,000 a week in Europe whilst the fee’s being rumoured in Qatar and other Asian countries are sometimes just as high. But what about these players’ bosses? The modern football manager has also reaped the rewards of football’s commercialisation, but is any amount of money worth dedicating every moment of your life to your team?
So just who are the 10 highest paid club managers in the world?
10. Brendan Rodgers
He is the youngest manager to make the top 10 at £3.25million a year at Liverpool. It is his fourth managerial job following stints with Watford, Reading and Swansea. The talented manager almost clinched the Premier League title at Anfield. His style of play has also been applauded by many and his salary will more than likely be increased rather than decreased given the demand for the tactics he encourages.
9. Jorge Jesus
The highest paid manager in Portugal is the Benfica manager. Jorge Jesus has put a stop to the dominance of Porto and has now established Benfica as the leading side with the 2014 Premiera Liga title. This was part of the treble winning season that Jesus lead the club to and he’s earning around £3.34million a year.
8. Manuel Pellegrini
The current Manchester City manager has had to work up the ranks to earn his position at one of England’s top clubs. The Chilean arrived from Villarreal in the summer of 2013 and is believed to earn around £3.47million a year. However, the money that Pellegrini earns is in little comparison to the players he has at his disposal.
7. Jurgen Klopp
Before he departed Dortmund last season, Klopp’s wages are relatively low in comparison to other clubs challenging for the Champions League at £3.59million a year. He almost won the Champions League with Dortmund but was beaten in the final by Bayern Munich. Losing players such as Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski didn’t help the German manager.
6. Carlo Ancelotti
At the time of writing ‘King Carlo’ has just been axed from his post at the most prestigious club in the world. The Real Madrid boss was only No.6 on the list at £6.26million a year. He guided Madrid to ‘La Decima’ in 2014 and has managed some of the greatest clubs across Europe including PSG, Chelsea and AC Milan. Ancelotti is one of the most successful managers of all-time and it’s surprising he’s not further up the list.
5. Arsene Wenger
Has spent the last 16 years at Arsenal and has delivered 15 consecutive Champions League qualifications along the way. His consistency has won many plaudits as well as the ‘invincibles’ team that went 49 games unbeaten. At £6.89 million he is the third highest Premier League manager.
4. Louis Van Gaal
Although he only made his debut last season in the Premier League, Van Gaal jumped straight above Wenger on £7 million a year at Manchester United. That is significantly more than the £5million David Moyes was getting. Van Gaal has vast experience at Ajax, Alkmaar, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and the former Dutch manager will be looking to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford.
3. Marcelo Lippi
The only manager outside of Europe to make the list is Marcello Lippi who manages Ghangzhou Evergrade of China. China did have a spell where they were attracting the likes of Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka but Marcelo Lippi is their main attraction now and the 2006 World Cup winner earns a massive £8.34million a year at Ghangzhou.
2. Jose Mourinho
Chelsea were desperate for the return of the ‘Special One’ and his return after seven years away from the club has come at a price of £8.37million a year. Although he didn’t bring any success on his first year back, he won the Premier League second time out.
1. Pep Guardiola
Way out in number 1 spot is the Bayern Munich manager, Pep Guardiola. 14 trophies in four years at Barcelona was deemed enough for Guardiola who stepped down at the Catalan club. He took some time out of the game before choosing Munich as his next adventure who went all out for his signature at £14.8million a year. His style of play and ability to attract the world class players is a fee what Munich thought justified his arrival.
So which manager deserves more cheddar?
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