A new list of the top 30 paid managers in world football has been revealed, with Sir Alex Ferguson only coming in third despite his long-standing success at Manchester United.
The Scot, who has been in charge at Old Trafford for 26 years, has delivered a record 12 Premier League titles along with five FA Cup’s and two Champions League trophies.
However despite his continued success with Manchester United Ferguson trails behind Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, Paris Saint-Germain’s Carlo Ancelotti and Marcelo Lippi at Guangzhou Evergrande as the fourth best paid boss in the world, according to the new list published by Brazilian sports business consulting firm Pluri Consultoria.
The Red Devils chief apparently takes home £7.6 million a year, marginally more than his Arsenal rival Arsene Wenger, who pockets £7.5 million.
However both pale in significance compared to ‘The Special One’, who earns £12.3 million a year to cause a nuisance at the Bernabeu.
Ancelotti rakes in a healthy £10.9 million from PSG’s wealthy Qatar owners, while Italian veteran Lippi is very well remunerated with the £.8.7 he earns to oversee Guangzhou.
Other Premier League managers on the list include Andre Villas-Boas (13th, £3.6m), who edges just ahead of his predecessor at Tottenham Harry Redknapp, who takes home £3.2 in his new role as QPR boss.
Roberto Mancini (10th, £4.8m), David Moyes (16th, £2.9m), and Martin O’Neill (29th, £3.2m) also feature.
The highest paid international boss is Fabio Capello, who earns £6.3 million a year to take control of Russia, slightly more than his salary during his spell with England.
New Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson props up the list, taking home £2 million-per-year to end England’s 56 years of hurt.
30 Top Paid managers list:
1. Jose Mourinho – Real Madrid (£12.3m)
2. Carlo Ancelotti – Paris St. Germain (£10.9m)
3. Marcelo Lippi – Guangzhou (£8.7m)
4. Sir Alex Ferguson – Manchester United (£7.6m)
5. Arsene Wenger – Arsenal (£7.5m)
6. Guus Hiddink – Anzhi (£6.7m)
7. Fabio Capello – Russia (£6.3m)
8. Tito Vilanova – Barcelona (£5.6m)
9. Jose Camacho – China (£4.8m)
10. Roberto Mancini – Manchester City (£4.8m)
11. Frank Rijkaard – Saudi Arabia (£4.3m)
12. Jupp Heynckes – Bayern Munich (£4.2m)
13. Andre Villas-Boas – Tottenham (£3.6m)
14. Harry Redknapp – QPR (£3.2m)
15. Jorge Jesus – Benfica (£3.2m)
16. David Moyes – Everton (£2.9m)
17. Manuel Pellegrini – Malaga (£2.9m)
18. Paulo Autuori – Qatar (£2.9m)
19. Abel Braga – Fluminense (2.8m)
20. Luciano Spaletti – Zenit (£2.7m)
21. Antonio Conte – Juventus (£2.4m)
22. Cesare Prandelli – Italy (£2.4m)
23. Vanderlei Luxemburgo – Gremio (£2.4m)
24. Muricy Ramalho – Santos (£2.4m)
25. Tite – Corinthians (£2.4m)
26. Ottmar Hitzfeld – Switzerland (£2.1m)
27. Joachim Low – Germany (£2m)
28. Marcelo Bielsa – Athletic Bilbao (£2m)
29. Martin O’Neill – Sunderland (£2m)
30. Roy Hodgson – England (£2m)