The 20 Best-Paid Managers in Club Football

Jerrad PetersWorld Football Staff WriterMarch 27, 2014

The 20 Best-Paid Managers in Club Football

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    What determines a manager’s value in the club football economy?

    Is it a track record of success? Maybe a marketable style of play? Perhaps a specialty, such as saving teams from relegation?

    It’s a difficult question to answer.

    This much, however, is certain: Clubs will pay big money for a boss they believe in.

    Over the following slides, we’ll rank the top 20 club managers according to their annual salaries.

    There will no doubt be one or two that raise eyebrows, and perhaps others not on the list that deserve a hike in pay. (Feel free to comment in the forum below.)

    Let’s get to it.

     

    (Source: the Daily Mail. Note: Data was not available for new AC Milan manager Clarence Seedorf and just-appointed Zenit St. Petersburg boss Andre Villas-Boas.)

20. Harry Redknapp, Queens Park Rangers

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    2013-14 salary: £2.09 million

    Harry Redknapp succeeded Mark Hughes as manager of Queens Park Rangers in November 2012, but six months later the Loftus Road outfit finished last in the Premier League and was relegated to the Championship. But Redknapp looks set to bring them back into the English top flight. With eight matches to play, QPR sit third in the second tier and are all but a lock for one of the promotion play-off spots.

19. Diego Simeone, Atletico Madrid

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    2013-14 salary: £2.09 million

    Diego Simeone is one of club football’s up-and-coming managers. In his third season in charge of Atletico Madrid, he has taken the Primera Division outfit to the top of La Liga and into the quarterfinals of the Champions League. All that’s left to be seen is whether he can close out the campaign with success on either front.

18. Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar Donetsk

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    2013-14 salary: £2.14 million

    When the Ukrainian Premier League was halted due to the events in Crimea, reigning champions Shakhtar Donetsk were two points clear of Dynamo Kiev atop the table. Mircea Lucescu, in charge of Shakhtar since 2004, has guided the club to seven domestic titles, five Ukrainian cups and the old UEFA Cup since arriving from Besiktas.

17. Antonio Conte, Juventus

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    2013-14 salary: £2.5 million

    Antonio Conte was just 42 years old when he took over Juventus. Since his appointment, the former Italy midfielder has guided the Bianconeri to a pair of Serie A titles and is poised to add a third domestic championship to his collection in a matter of weeks. Last season, he took Juventus all the way to the Champions League quarterfinals, but this time around his side crashed out of the competition at the group stage.

16. Laurent Blanc, Paris Saint-Germain

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    2013-14 salary: £2.5 million

    Former France defender Laurent Blanc announced himself as a young manager to watch during his time at Bordeaux, where he delivered a Ligue 1 and Coupe de la Ligue double in 2009. A spell with Les Bleus followed, and last summer he was hired to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain. He currently has the French giants flying high atop Ligue 1 and into the last eight of the Champions League, where they’ll face Chelsea.

15. Claudio Ranieri, Monaco

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    2013-14 salary: £2.5 million

    Earning the same wages as Blanc is his Ligue 1 rival Claudio Ranieri, who was appointed Monaco manager in 2012. Thanks to an infusion of cash from owner Dmitry Rybolovlev, the principality outfit promptly won promotion to Ligue 1 and are now sitting second in the top flight, 10 points adrift of PSG.

14. Rafael Benitez, Napoli

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    2013-14 salary: £2.92 million

    Napoli have impressed in Serie A this term and are poised for a return to the Champions League. Manager Rafael Benitez has been given the full confidence of club owner Aurelio De Laurentiis, and during the summer the 53-year-old spent big on the likes of Dries Mertens, Jose Callejon, Raul Albiol and Gonzalo Higuain.

13. Roberto Mancini, Galatasaray

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    2013-14 salary: £2.92 million

    Sacked from his post at Manchester City last spring, Roberto Mancini quickly landed on his feet at Galatasaray. Impressively, he took the Turkish giants into the last 16 of the Champions League, although domestically the reigning champions are an underwhelming third—eight points back of leaders Fenerbahce.

12. Sam Allardyce, West Ham

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    2013-14 salary: £2.95 million

    If it’s worth upwards of £50 million for a club to be in the Premier League, then the £2.95 million West Ham pay manager Sam Allardyce is a sound investment. At one point this season the Hammers looked destined for the drop, but the 59-year-old’s January signings—Antonio Nocerino, Marco Borriello and Roger Johnson among them—have paid off big time, and with seven matches remaining, the Upton Park outfit rest 11th in the standings.

11. Brendan Rodgers, Liverpool

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    2013-14 salary: £3.25 million

    Brendan Rodgers has so impressed at Liverpool that Barcelona have been rumoured to be monitoring him closely, as per the Mirror. Few sides in Europe play better, more eye-catching football than the Reds, and the high-pressing, quick-passing style encouraged by Rodgers currently has Liverpool second in the Premier League and on course for a return to the Champions League next season.

10. Jorge Jesus, Benfica

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    2013-14 salary: £3.34 million

    Porto have had a monopoly on the Portuguese Primeira Liga of late, but Benfica manager Jorge Jesus managed to claim a league and cup double for the Lisbon giants in 2010 and looks a good bet to reclaim the championship once again this spring. Benfica are currently seven points clear of second-place Sporting in the Primeira Liga and will contest the quarterfinals of the Europa League as well.

9. Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City

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    2013-14 salary: £3.47 million

    Manuel Pellegrini already has a trophy to show for his brief time in charge of Manchester City. Appointed back in May, the Chilean guided City to victory in the league cup earlier this month and could well cap the season with the club’s second Premier League title in three years. With two games in hand, City are just a single point back of second-place Liverpool and three adrift of leaders Chelsea.

8. Jurgen Klopp, Borussia Dortmund

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    2013-14 salary: £3.59 million

    Club football’s most well-liked manager clocks in at eighth on this list, with an annual salary of £3.59 million. Jurgen Klopp has earned almost universal renown for his work at Borussia Dortmund, whom he joined in 2008. Since then, the likable 46-year-old has won a pair of Bundesliga titles and the DfB Pokal, and last May he took his side all the way to the final of the Champions League.

7. Gerardo Martino, Barcelona

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    2013-14 salary: £4.5 million

    Gerardo Martino’s European debut hasn’t been completely smooth, but with eight matches to play, his Barcelona side are just a single point back of La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid, and twice this season he has masterminded victories over existential rivals Real Madrid. Still, he’ll have some questions to answer if he doesn’t at least deliver a trophy this spring.

6. David Moyes, Manchester United

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    2013-14 salary: £4.92 million

    David Moyes is reported to be facing a Manchester United mutiny, according to a Thursday story in the Telegraph. It’s thought that many of the 50-year-old’s players are unhappy with the tactics and training methods currently being used at Old Trafford, and Tuesday’s defeat to local rivals Manchester City has only heightened the frustration of the reigning champions. United are a disappointing seventh in the Premier League at present in Moyes’ first season in charge at the club.

5. Carlo Ancelotti, Real Madrid

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    2013-14 salary: £6.26 million

    Until Sunday, it looked as though Real Madrid were going to win La Liga at a canter. Then they lost El Clasico to Barcelona, and three days later they fell 2-1 away to Sevilla. Now Los Blancos have some catching up to do, and manager Carlo Ancelotti—a domestic champion at each of AC Milan, Chelsea and PSG—could well be facing one of the toughest assignments of his career as he looks to put Madrid back on track.

4. Arsene Wenger, Arsenal

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    2013-14 salary: £6.89 million

    He hasn’t won a trophy since 2005, but Arsene Wenger remains very much “the man” at Arsenal. Appointed in 1996, the Frenchman delivered three Premier League titles between 1998 and 2004 and took the Gunners all the way to the Champions League final in 2006. At present, Wenger’s side are fourth in the Premier League, and the FA Cup represents their best chance at silverware this season.

3. Marcello Lippi, Guangzhou Evergrande

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    2013-14 salary: £8.34 million

    Marcello Lippi brought credentials as a Serie A, Champions League and World Cup winner when he joined Chinese outfit Guangzhou Evergrande in 2012, and since the appointment he has added a pair of Chinese championships and the AFC Champions League to his CV. At present, Guangzhou are fourth in the Super League and Lippi, 65, has made no rumblings about leaving.

2. Jose Mourinho, Chelsea

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    2013-14 salary: £8.37 million

    The self-proclaimed Special One delivered a pair of Premier League titles and an FA Cup to Stamford Bridge during his first spell in charge of Chelsea, and after trophy-laden stints at Inter Milan and Real Madrid, the 51-year-old returned to the London giants during the summer. He’s picked up right where he left off. With seven matches yet to play, the Blues sit atop the Premier League table and will face PSG in the quarterfinals of the Champions League.

1. Pep Guardiola, Bayern Munich

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    2013-14 salary: £14.8 million

    Pep Guardiola is far and away the best-paid manager in club football. A Primera Division and European Cup winner with Barcelona as a player, he guided the Catalans to a trio of Spanish titles and two Champions League wins during a glorious four years at Camp Nou, and during the summer he succeeded Jupp Heynckes as manager of Bayern Munich. Incredibly, the 43-year-old has improved his predecessor’s treble-winning side, and on Tuesday Bayern retained their Bundesliga title in record time.