5 Highest paid football managers 2019

Sudarshan Venkatesan
|Published April 01, 2019

Here are the top five highest paid football managers in the world for the ongoing season.

Football managers have the job to secure results and save their heads. Since the player powers plays too much role in the current footballing world, the managers have to ensure about the relationship and meet the club’s demands by filling their aspirations simultaneously. The likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Johan Cruyff, Bill Shankly, etc have left a huge void at their respective clubs.

Since the game has turned into a money oriented sport, the club has to pay higher and keep the managers at their respective clubs if they have tasted success in recent years. In addition to the salary, they also receive various add ons and get some money if the club decides to relieve from the duties.

In this article, we shall look at the top five highest paid football managers during the 2018/19 season, according to French football outlet.

#5 Ernesto Valverde (Barcelona) – €23.5 million

Ernesto Valverde did an outstanding job at Atletico Bilbao for four years and Barcelona came calling for the Spanish International. He signed for the club in 2017 and won the La Liga and Copa Del Rey once. The Blaugrana are on the course of winning all three trophies having qualified for the Champions League Quarterfinals and face a showdown against Manchester United this campaign.

Even though Valverde has been sceptical about staying at Nou Camp, he signed a new contract in February 2019 to stay put until 2020. He is the fifth to feature in the list as he earned a sum of 23.5 million euros with the La Liga club this campaign.

 #4 Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – €24 million

One of the finest coaches over the last decade, Pep Guardiola is fourth in the list having won 24 million euros this season. The Spanish International signed for the English outfit Manchester City in 2016, but he was not able to lift any trophy during his first trophy. Since he was severely backed in the transfer market, he produced fantastic results and broke the 100 points record for the first time in the history of the Premier League. Additionally, he lifted the league cup as well.

The former Barcelona manager has already lifted league cup with Manchester City this campaign and could complete a quadruple as they have a fair chance of lifting the Premier League, Champions League, and FA Cup. He signed a new contract which will keep him at the Emirates Stadium till 2021.

#3 Thierry Henry (AS Monaco) – €25.5 million

Thierry Henry is a surprising name on the list having managed only three months with the French outfit AS Monaco. The former Arsenal attacker took over Leonardo Jardim as the manager by signing a new three-year contract in October 2018 when the club was in the relegation zone. The 41-year-old was not able to produce results which resulted in a sack three months later.

The French International was paid 25.5 million euros as wages and compensation following the sack in January. He is currently without a job having been relieved from his duties.

#2 Jose Mourinho (Manchester United) – €31 million

Jose Mourinho’s third season syndrome struck at Manchester United as he was relieved from his duties following a torrid start to the new campaign. The Portuguese International had a fall out with some players and the result never felt in their way because of the restless environment inside the dressing room. Before the kick start of the current campaign, Jose Mourinho extended his contract until 2020.

He lifted the Europa League and League Cup during the first campaign, and the corresponding season saw them end trophyless. Since the board did not meet Mourinho’s demands, the third season did not end up well for the Red Devils. He was paid a compensation amount of 20 million euros, according to the Manchester Evening News.

#1 Diego Simeone (Atletico Madrid) – €41 million

Diego Simeone threw hints for a return to Italy, but he contemplated about his future and committed to his current club Atletico Madrid until 2022. The Argentine International is one of the best coaches in the world currently by making Atletico Madrid a supreme force and once beat Real Madrid and Barcelona to the La Liga title.

He has won the Europa League twice and finished as Champions League runners-up on two occasions. There is no doubt about the prospect of seeing as the highest earned manager this season having attracted interest from many parts of Europe.


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