The imminent arrival of Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and, reportedly, José Mourinho at Manchester United will come with huge price tags.
We all know that the Premier league is one of the richest in the world and its stars are paid handsomely. Many make more in one week than the rest of us make in a year. No, we’re not bitter at all. Just take a look at the top ten highest paid players in the league.
But what about the managers? How do the puppet masters fare in the salary stakes? It turns out that while managerial salaries are not quite that of players, it’s certainly not a job you would turn down.
Here are the current top eight best paid Premier League managers, according to the Telegraph.
Some of these are going to raise an eyebrow or two.
8. Alan Pardew – Crystal Palace – £1.5 million (annual)
Formerly of Newcastle, Pardew was released from his eight-year contract at St. James’, from where he then moved on to the London club. Best known in recent times for head-butting Hull’s David Meyler, Pardew has been at the helm of mid-table Crystal Palace since January 2015.
7. Mauricio Pochettino – Tottenham Hotspur – £2 million
Right now, as Spurs sit second in the table with twelve games remaining, Pochettino’s side is probably the best value for money to win the league. This year is the best chance the London club has had to take the title and, in truth, it is not a position fans expected at the beginning of the season.
6. Roberto Martinez – Everton – £3 million
At the helm of the Liverpool club since 2013, following impressive stints with Wigan and Swansea. This term has been more difficult, as his side sit eleventh in the table.
5. Slaven Bilić – West Ham United – £3 million
Manager since early 2015, ex-Croatian international Bilíc has the Hammers riding high just off the European Cup places in seventh. If he can guide his side to Europe this season, nobody will argue he has not earned his money.
4. Manuel Pellegrini – Manchester City – £4 million
Probably the most surprising on the list is that the league’s super rich club is ‘only’ paying the Argentinian, Pellegrini, a meagre £4 million. Having delivered the title in 2014, he has been a shrewd investment by the club.
3. Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool – £7 million
After Brendan Rogers’ luck finally ran out in 2015, the Merseyside club appointed German Jurgen Klopp in the hope that he could bring the same magic he showed in Borussia Dortmund. So far, no rabbits from hats.
2. Louis van Gaal – Manchester United – £7.3 million
Things just haven’t worked out for Manchester United and Louis van Gaal. With almost daily reports on who might replace him, and when, it’s fair to say LVG’s time is short at United. He might well take some solace in his enormous salary and the reported £10 million payoff he is likely to receive if his contract is cut sort, according to the Sun.
1. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal – £8.3 million
England’s longest serving manager following Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013, Wenger has been a real success story for the Gunners, though in recent seasons his side has been better known for choking in the final stages of the league. Perhaps 2015/16 will be his year again.
So that’s it, the Premierships highest paid managers. Surely the best value for money this season have got to be Tottenham’s Pochettino and West Ham’s Bilíc. Certainly not Man United’s van Gaal anyway.
For comparison, before his sacking by Chelsea, José Mourinho was earning a reputed £10 million per year while in Germany at Bayern Munich, Pep Guardiola has the title of the highest earning manager, raking in a massive £14.5 million per year. That’s right up there with the likes of David Silva and that of almost United’s captain Wayne Rooney.
With both Guardiola and, reportedly, Mourinho headed for Manchester, you might well assume that pay packets in the Premiership are about the sky rocket.
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