Here are the football’s highest-paid managers for the 2015-2016 season as 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. Four of the top 13 managers are currently without a job, but made money from generous compensation packages or owed salaries.
1. Jose Mourinho — unattached
2015-2016 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.
(Tie) 2. Pep Guardiola — Bayern Munich
2015-2016 Income: €16.5 million (£13 million; $18.6 million)
The Spaniard is the current coach of Bayern Munich, which has won the German league for the last three seasons. Manchester City will be hoping he works the same magic there, as he’s joining for the next season.
(Tie) 2. Fabio Capello — unattached
2015-2016 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.
4. Rafael Benitez — Newcastle United
2015-2016 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.
5. Jurgen Klopp — Liverpool
2015-2016 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.
6. Diego Simeone — Athletico Madrid
2015-2016 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.
7. Luis Enrique — Barcelona
2015-2016 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.
8. Arsene Wenger — Arsenal
2015-2016 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.
9. Brendan Rodgers — unattached
2015-2016 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.
10. Louis Van Gaal — Manchester United
2015-2016 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.
11. Andre Villas-Boas — Zenit Saint Petersburg
2015-2016 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, earning it with Porto in 2011 when he was just 33.