Who are the world’s highest-paid managers?

March 30, 2023

French newspaper L’Equipe has published the list of the highest-paid coaches in the world currently, and it is a little surprising who makes the top twelve.

When transfer windows open, the price tag of players and their wage demands is often the major talking point.  But the numbers behind the hiring of coaches and the amount they are paid are usually not called into question.

However, football coaches are one of the highest-paid people in the world for their work in managing the biggest stars and bringing success to their sides.

Names like Pep Guardiola, Carlo Ancelotti, Jurgen Klopp, and Jose Mourinho command much respect for their success in recent years and it is expected that they are well-paid. However, it could be surprising to note that some of these names aren’t top of the table of the highest-paid team managers.

Sometimes unknown quantities or lesser-known names take home better pay than popular names.

So who are the top twelve earners in the football coaching world, according to L’Equipe?

Check them out below. 

  1. Diego Simeone: Atletico Madrid–£574,000-per-week

Surprise eh? Diego Simeone is popular among coaches, but few could have expected him to be the highest-earning coach in the world. The Argentine takes home a whopping £574,000 a week for overseeing training and matches in the Madrid-based club.

  1. Pep Guardiola: Manchester City–£379,000-per-week

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Pep Guardiola is arguably the best coach in the world right now and deserves to be well-paid for his outstanding job at the Etihad. He takes home close to £400k a week for managing big names like Erling Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne.

  1. Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool–£302,000-per-week

Klopp has often played second fiddle to Pep Guardiola in the Premier League and he sits right behind the Spaniard in the list of top earners. 

The German recently signed a new deal at Anfield that sees him earn just over £300k for his services.

  1. Graham Potter: Chelsea –£229,000-per-week

Chelsea fans may not like this, but Potter is the fourth top-earning coach in the world after signing a £229,000-per-week contract when he joined Chelsea in October.

He still needs to justify his salary, though as Chelsea are still struggling to kick on under him. 

  1. Max Allegri: Juventus– £217,000-per-week

As a seasoned coach who has won a lot of trophies in Italy, Max Allegri deserves to be well-paid.

However, his side is struggling in Serie A this season due to an off-field investigation for financial rascality. With his side in a bad place financially, Allegri might be relieved of his duties this season.

  1. Thomas Tuchel:Bayern Munich–£203,000-per-week

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Recently signed Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel is sixth on the list of top earners after replacing Julian Nagelsmann at Allianz Arena.

The former PSG boss is one of the biggest names in the coaching profession and certainly deserves the amount he takes home. But it remains to be seen if he will be a success in Bavaria to justify his salary.

  1. Brendan Rodgers | Leicester | £192,000-per-week

It could be surprising to see that Rodgers, who coaches a relegation-threatened Leicester side, is among the top seven best-paid coaches in the world.

The Northern Irishman is the fourth Premier League manager on this list with a weekly salary that is just below £200k and more than Champions League-winning coach Carlo Ancelotti.

  1. Carlo Ancelotti: Real Madrid–£185,000-per-week

How Carlo Ancelotti earns this little is surprising, given Real Madrid’s enormous wealth and the Italian’s quality.

The Real Madrid boss is one of the most decorated coaches in the world and certainly deserves better than £185k a week for managing one of the highest-paid squads in the world.

  1. Erik ten Hag: Manchester United–£173,000-per-week

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Manchester United coach Erik ten Hag is number nine on the list.

The clean-shaven Dutchman takes home less money than David de Gea in Man United. However, after winning the Carabao Cup in his first season at Old Trafford, he could be due an improved deal by the end of this season.

  1. Simeone Inzaghi:Inter Milan–£169,000-per-week

Inter Milan’s Inzaghi makes up the top ten. He receives just under £170k a week and is the second-highest-earning coach in the Serie A.

  1. Mikel Arteta: Arsenal–£160,000-per-week

Though he earns just £160k a week for now, it’s only a matter of time before things change for Mikel Arteta.

The Basque man is currently overseeing the Gunners’ quest for their first Premier League crown in 19 years. Should he succeed, he will be due an improved contract that will mirror his achievement as a PL winner.

  1. Jose Mourinho: Roma–£156,000-per-week

The Special One makes the top twelve with his £156,000-per-week salary, the third-best in Serie A.

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