He always claimed he was good enough to take charge of Real Madrid and Barcelona, and now it's been revealed that Sam Allardyce certainly is capable of mixing it with the big boys, at least in terms of his pay packet.
The much-maligned West Ham boss was today revealed to be the 13th best paid manager on the planet by Brazilian research firm Pluri Consultoria.
According to them, Allardyce takes home over €3.5 million-per-year, a sum which puts him ahead of World Cup winners and some of the finest coaches on the planet.
Experienced boss Felipe Scolari, the man charged with leading Brazil to World Cup glory on home soil next summer, takes home a relatively paltry €2.75 million, while Roy Hodgson, the man with the 'impossible job' as England coach still earns less than the former Bolton gaffer.
Despite his surprisingly lofty pay packet and position on the list he just misses out on making the top ten of the great and good of the world game.
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