The 11 Highest Paid Managers in European Football

The definition of what a football manager is may have changed over the years, but they are arguably still the most important person at a club as it remains their job to ‘manage’ the players, oversee training and pick the team, with responsibility for results, good or bad, at their door.

Here’s a look at the 11 highest paid managers (using annual salary) in European club football right now…

?Maurizio Sarri – £5m

Maurizio Sarri

When Chelsea finally secured a deal to hire ex-Napoli coach Maurizio Sarri last summer it was on a contract estimated to be worth £5m in wages each season.

Bizarrely, Sarri has been under pressure virtually ever since arriving and remains so. That is despite securing a return to the Champions League and reaching two cup finals.

Source: Evening Standard

Carlo Ancelotti – £5.3m/€6m

Carlo Ancelotti

Sarri is marginally out-earned by the man who replaced him at Napoli, former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti, who is thought to have agreed a contract worth €6m per season last summer.

The Italian has at least kept Napoli steady in Serie A, securing a comfortable second place finish to ensure Champions League qualification, albeit on fewer points than under Sarri last season.

Source: The Guardian

Unai Emery – £6m

Unai Emery

Arsenal manager Unai Emery was reported to have signed a contract worth £6m per season when he agreed to take over from long-serving boss Arsene Wenger in May 2018.

So far, the Spaniard has overseen an improvement. The Gunners still finished outside the top four in 2018/19 but were seven points better off than a year ago and reached a European final.

Source: Daily Mirror

Manuel Pellegrini – £7m

Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham made a real statement when they brought former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini back to the Premier League last summer on a contract paying up to £7m annually.

It was a somewhat mixed debut campaign for the Chilean in London, with the Hammers flirting with relegation to begin and eventually clawing their way into the top half to finish the season.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Jurgen Klopp – £7m

Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is estimated to earn at least £7m per season at Anfield, having arrived at the club in the autumn of 2015 to take over from Brendan Rodgers.

That money doesn’t make him anything like the best-paid manager in the Premier League, but it is believed to be close to double the salary he was taking home at old club Borussia Dortmund.

Source: Goal

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer – £7.5m

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United are thought to be paying Ole Gunnar Solskjaer just half the salary that predecessor Jose Mourinho was earning at Old Trafford, although £7.5m still marks a vast increase on the £400,000 the Norwegian is said to have been on at Molde last year.

The question now is whether Solskjaer can prove he is worth the faith by whipping an underperforming United squad into shape in time for next season.

Source: Daily Mirror

Mauricio Pochettino – £8.5m

Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino signed a new contract worth £8.5m per season at the end of the 2017/18 campaign, committing his future to Spurs until 2023.

The Argentine has proven to be worth every penny in the first season of that bumper new deal, guiding Tottenham to a first-ever European Cup/Champions League final.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Zinedine Zidane – £10.5m/€12m

Zinedine Zidane

Zinedine Zidane walked back into the Real Madrid job in March and pocketed a hefty pay rise on the €7.5m plus bonuses he was reported to be earning during his first spell as Bernabeu coach.

This time around the four-time Champions League winner (three as a coach, one as a player) is said to be earning a net salary of €12m in the Spanish capital.

Source: El Confidencial

Pep Guardiola – £15.2m


It was not clear last year whether Pep Guardiola’s contract extension came with a pay rise, but the Manchester City boss is the best-paid manager in the Premier League on at least £15m nonetheless.

The latest gossip is that after retaining the Premier League title and completing England’s first ever domestic treble, Guardiola is in line for a bumper new deal potentially worth £20m per year.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Ernesto Valverde – £20.2m/€23m

Ernesto Valverde

Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has so far enjoyed a monopoly in La Liga after winning the Spanish title in each of his first two seasons at Camp Nou, although he has fallen short in Europe.

The 55-year-old only had a contract until the end of this season until relatively recently, but he extended it in February until the summer of 2020, with the option of a further year.

Source: France Football

Diego Simeone – £35.9m/€41m

Diego Simeone

The latest contract Diego Simeone signed at Atletico Madrid was reported to have put him on a salary around that of star player Antoine Griezmann.

Having spent three years with the club as a player, the Argentine returned to the club as coach in 2011 and has crammed a lot in, wining two Europa Leagues, the Copa del Rey, La Liga and reached two Champions League finals during that time.

Source: France Football


Nelson Semedo Discharged From Hospital After Suffering Head Injury in 2-2 Eibar Draw

?Barcelona right back Nelson Semedo has been released from hospital after receiving a nasty head injury during his side’s 2-2 draw with Eibar on Sunday.

Semedo was removed from the game at half-time having clashed heads with Eibar centre back Paulo Oliveira in the 38th minute, but has now been discharged from a hospital in Bilbao having gone through thorough observation and testing.

The Portugal international has appeared 45 times in all competitions for ?Barcelona in the 2018/19 campaign and will be hoping to be involved in the Copa del Rey final against Valencia on Saturday.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen,Nelson Semedo

Releasing an official statement on the ?club site, Barcelona stated: “Semedo has undergone the necessary tests required for the head injury he received against Eibar on Sunday, and has been discharged from hospital. 

“The player returns to Barcelona to continue with the established protocol regarding this kind of injury and an evaluation will be made of when he can return to training.”

If Barcelona medical staff grant Semedo permission to play the final in accordance with head injury procedure, the 25-year-old could make his ninth Copa del Rey appearance of the season.

Semedo picked up the injury not long before half-time, but continued to play through to the break before being withdrawn from the match. In the end, his side were held to what was a ?frustrating 2-2 draw ahead of a huge fixture against Valencia this weekend.

The Portuguese defender signed for the Catalan giants from Benfica in 2017 for a reported fee of around €30m and has made 26 league appearances, scoring one goal for the club.

Nelson Semedo

As Blaugrana manager Ernesto Valverde looks to cap off the 2018/19 campaign with a Copa del Rey trophy, Semedo’s involvement in Saturday’s squad would certainly provide him with a boost in both defensive and attacking areas.


Liverpool Out of Race to Sign Matthijs de Ligt as Barcelona Emerge as Frontrunners

?Liverpool are not expected to pursue highly coveted Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt this summer, despite recent speculation linking the Reds with an approach for the teenage prodigy.

De Ligt’s starring role in Ajax’s run to within a few seconds of the Champions League final has seen the young Dutchman linked with most of Europe’s best and richest clubs this season.


Barcelona have long been seen as the favourites to strike a deal after already completing an €86m deal for teammate Frenkie de Jong. But the likes of Juventus, Real Madrid, Manchester City and Manchester United have all been mentioned as suitors at one point or another.

Liverpool also had also been credited with alleged interest, with the idea of De Ligt partnering international colleague Virgil van Dijk in defence a mouth watering prospect to fans.

The speculation of a potential move to Anfield was even accelerated when a claim attributed to author and Spanish football writer Guillem Balague suggested Liverpool have ‘been talking’ with De Ligt ahead of potentially making a more formal approach.

Matthijs de Ligt,Rasmus Nissen Kristensen

However, the popular James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo has now quickly moved to quash such rumours, explaining that there is no truth to the claims of any negotiations, adding that Liverpool ‘are not trying to secure the services of De Ligt’.

The point is made that manager Jurgen Klopp is ‘happy’ with his existing centre-back options ahead of next season – Joel Matip, Joe Gomez, Dejan Lovren in addition to Van Dijk – and therefore ‘isn’t looking to strengthen’ that part of the squad ahead of the 2019/20 campaign.

For the latest on where De Ligt might actually be going, Sky Sports have waded in to claim that he is ‘set to join’ Barcelona this summer, which is where most had expected him to go anyway.

De Light would join a healthy centre-back stable containing Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, with 19-year-old Jean-Clair Todibo a potential candidate to spend next season out on loan and Thomas Vermaelen expected to leave Camp Nou this summer.


Man Utd Approach for Ajax Goalkeeper Andre Onana ‘Rejected’ as Red Devils Evaluate Barca Stopper

?Ajax have turned down an approach from Manchester United for their goalkeeper Andre Onana, with the Dutch champions under no pressure to sell the Cameroonian.

A series of error-strewn displays from the normally reliable David de Gea has left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer feeling the need to bolster his options between the sticks with the 23-year-old on the club’s radar.

With the window now open, ?United made an offer the sign the former ?Barcelona youth player, but were ‘rejected’ by the Eredivisie outfit according to Daily Record journalist ?Duncan Castles. Red Devils vice-chairman Ed Woodward to looking to bring in youthful players during the summer who equally have the potential to increase in value, with the young goalkeeper ticking all the boxes in that respect.

Erik ten Hag’s side have already sold Frenkie de Jong to Barcelona, while Matthijs de Ligt is destined to leave the Dutch capital as well, meaning the club expect to gross over €150m on the pair alone. As such, the sale of Onana is not high on their list of priorities with the club under no pressure to sell.

Castles claims the club value the Cameroonian at €40m, which United deem ‘inflated’, therefore they may turn their attention towards Barcelona goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen. Both Onana and Cillessen are known for their ball-playing abilities, a move that could hint towards a potential tactical switch for the ?Premier League outfit.

Jasper Cillessen

Should the Red Devils move for the Dutch goalkeeper he would command a less hefty fee, with Castles stating La Blaugrana are seeking €25m plus performance-related variables for the 30-year-old shot-stopper. The player himself is keen on a move away from the Camp Nou, after making just five ?La Liga appearances in the past three seasons.


Eibar 2-2 Barcelona: Report, Ratings & Reaction as Blaugrana End La Liga Campaign With a Draw

Champions Barcelona were held to an eventful 2-2 by Eibar at the Ipurua Municipal Stadium on Sunday in the final game of another victorious La Liga campaign for the Blaugrana.

Eibar had the greater share of chances in the opening exchanges and punished the champions for their slow start. Barcelona loanee Marc Cucurella was afforded far too much time in the visitors’ box before firing past Jasper Cillessen, who should have done better as he allowed the ball to squeeze past him.?

If the early goal came as a shock to ?Barca’s systems, it did not take long for Ernesto Valverde’s side to muster a response. ?Lionel Messi made a darting run into the Eibar penalty area and was picked out superbly by Arturo Vidal, leaving the Argentine the simple task of tucking away a simple finish by his standards.

Barca’s talisman had spared his side’s blushes once again, but he was not finished there. Messi broke clear of the home side’s backline for a second time in quick succession, picked out by Ivan Rakitic, before lobbing Marko Dmitrovic with great composure, as the champions turned the game on its head with little over half an hour played.

However, there was yet another twist in the tale, as Cillessen was again punished for some poor goalkeeping. The Dutchman was caught off his line by Pablo De Blasis, who produced a sublime finish to fire a looping effort over the Barca goalkeeper to equalise for the hosts. Neither side were able to find the winner in a less eventful second half, with both earning a point apiece.


Player Ratings

Starting XI: Dmitrovic (5); De Blasis (7), Oliveira (5), Ramis (6), Jose Angel (6); Orellana (6), Escalante (6), Jordan (6), Cucurella (8); Enrich (7), Charles (6)

Pablo De Blasis

Substitutes: Garcia (6), Alvarez (5), Cardona (N/A)


Key Talking Point

Ernesto Valverde surprisingly named a near full-strength lineup for Barcelona’s final La Liga game of the season, despite having already wrapped up the title with ease and a huge Copa del Rey final against Valencia looming large next Saturday.

Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez were among those missing from the squad through injuries, as Valverde opted to start with the most senior XI available to him, with youngsters such as Riqui Puig, Carlos Alena and Moussa Wague named on the bench.



The visitors’ intentions to get the job done with minimal risk were clear, but the overall execution was less than convincing. Barca struggled to deal with Eibar’s early pressure and allowed the home side to take the lead far too easily, with Lionel Messi once again coming to the rescue.

Jasper Cillessen’s calamitous performance gifted Eibar their two goals, whilst the visitors lacked the necessary attacking support for Messi which Suarez usually provides. In truth, were it not for Messi’s brilliance, Barca would have finished their La Liga campaign with a defeat.

Player Ratings

Starting XI: Cillessen (3); Semedo (4), Pique (5), Lenglet (5), Alba (6); Vidal (7), Busquets (6), Rakitic (7); Roberto (5), Messi (8*), Malcom (5)

Lionel Messi,Marko Dmitrovic

Substitutes: Wague (6), Alena (5), Perez (5)

STAR MAN – Lionel Messi carrying Barcelona and rescuing his side from peril is by no means unusual, but the Blaugrana’s below-par display, coupled with the Argentine’s trademark brilliance on Sunday, emphasised once more just how crucial the iconic attacker is for Valverde’s side.

With auxiliary right-back Sergi Roberto lining up on the right wing in the absences of Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele, it was unsurprising that Messi’s attacking prowess carried even more weight than usual for Barca. However, without their star man, the champions would have been comfortably beaten on Sunday, but for their talisman’s heroics.


Looking Ahead

With Sunday’s draw in the Basque Country having concluded Barcelona’s La Liga campaign, the Blaugrana will ?look to complete the domestic double when they take on Valencia in the Copa del Rey final next Saturday.