Sunday 21 January 2018

Klopp signs £7m Liverpool contract, but who is the highest paid Premier League manager?

Arsene Wenger and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Arsene Wenger and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho

After Jurgen Klopp agreed one of the most lucrative managerial contracts in the Premier League, we look at the 10 best paid bosses in the top flight.

Jose Mourinho

Chelsea - £8.5million

Mourinho's overall earnings climb to over £13million when his various product endorsements and sponsorship deals are taken into account, but his basic salary alone makes him the Premier League's top-paid coach. Needs to start showing he deserves that kind of reward.

Arsene Wenger

Arsenal - £8.3million

Wenger has spent almost 20 years at Arsenal and in that time has gone from a relative unknown in the managerial world to one of the planet's best paid sports coaches. Some fans will wonder whether his recent trophy return justifies that expense, but Arsenal's board don't seem to share that scepticism.

Louis van Gaal

Manchester United - £7.3million

Van Gaal's salary is commensurate with his reputation as one of world football's elite coaches. His contract expires in 2017, although he recently suggested he might be open to extending it.

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool - £7million

Liverpool's new manager is the best paid in the club's history, after signing a huge three-year deal to take over at Anfield.

Manuel Pellegrini

Manchester City - £4m

Handed a new contract by City in the summer, putting paid to speculation that he was to be replaced by Pep Guardiola - for now, at least. City's good start to the season suggests it was the right move.

Slaven Bilic

West Ham - £3m

West Ham were prepared to make Bilic one of the country's most highly-paid managers when they recruited him in the summer as a replacement for Sam Allardyce. Is justifying the expense after a flying start to the new season.

Roberto Martinez

Everton - £3m

Signed a bumper new contract at Goodison Park in the summer of 2014, making him one of the best paid coaches in the Premier League. Results did not justify the pay rise last season, but this term looks more promising.

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham - £2m

The Argentine was earning a similar amount at Southampton, whom he left in 2014. Has performed well since arriving at White Hart Lane but needs to kick on this season.

Tim Sherwood

Aston Villa - £2m

Sherwood was handsomely rewarded when he replaced Paul Lambert at Villa Park. He took the club to the FA Cup final last season but results in the Premier League have been poor and he is already under pressure.

Alan Pardew

Crystal Palace - £1.5m

The Palace manager was reported to have doubled his salary when he moved to Selhurst Park from Newcastle in December 2014, but few would argue that he has not earned every penny since, having transformed the club from relegation certainties to unlikely European contenders.

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