A mixture of World Cup conquerors, multiple Champions League winners, Premier League table-toppers and…… League of Ireland First Division champions?
A list of the top 30 highest-earning managers in world football has been revealed by Pluri Consultoria, a Brazilian sports economics firm.
Unsurprisingly, leading the way is Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola who earns an annual salary of €17 million. He’ll be hoping to repay a large chunk of this by guiding the Bavarians to a second successive Champions League title.
There are four Premier League managers in the top ten: Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho (€10 million), Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger (€8 million), David Moyes of Manchester United (€6 million) and his cross-town rival, Manuel Pellegrini of Manchester City (€4 million).
Some observers may need to look twice though at position 13 as it is filled (jointly with England’s Roy Hodgson) by none other than Sam Allardyce of West Ham United.
While Big Sam’s managerial achievements, particularly with Bolton Wanderers, certainly command a degree of respect it is surprising to see his name so far up the list.
After starting his career in charge of Limerick City in Ireland and guiding them to promotion, before achieving success at Notts County and establishing Bolton as a Premier League mainstay, he has gone on to be sacked after modest spells with both Newcastle United and Blackburn Rovers.
He has since gone on to lead West Ham to promotion to the Premier League and in 2012/2013 guided them to a respectable 10th place finish in their first season back in the top flight. However the hammers haven’t exactly set the world alight this season languishing in 17th, just one point above the relegation zone.
Quoted by bookmakers Stan James as 6/1 second favourite to be the next Premier League manager to receive his P45, it seems Allardyce will have quite a substantial payday to help cushion the blow if his contract is eventually cancelled.
Although potential suitors would of course be lining up for the man who once claimed he was ‘more suited to Real Madrid or Inter Milan than Bolton or Blackburn’.
Spare some change, Sam?