Klopp, Bielsa, Lampard: Who are the Premier League’s highest paid managers of 2020-21?

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In terms of the number of world-class coaches at its clubs, the Premier League is currently ahead of every other top European league.

Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho, Carlo Ancelotti and Marcelo Bielsa are all among the sport’s most revered managers.

Then you have the likes of Frank Lampard, Mikel Arteta and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - exciting young coaches who have all made a positive impact with their respective teams over the past year or two.

But which Premier League coaches earn the most money at the start of the 2020-21 campaign?

The Sun have provided a list of the top 10 - and the gulf between 10th place and first is pretty huge.

10. Mikel Arteta | Arsenal

Annual wage: £5 million

It’s obviously early days in Arteta’s career as a head coach but he’s already won the FA Cup with Arsenal.

The Spaniard was recently promoted to the role of ‘first-team manager’ at the Emirates Stadium as recognition for the excellent work he’s done so far.

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9. Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Annual wage: £5.5 million

Sealing fourth place in the Premier League last season was a huge achievement for Lampard and his coaching staff.

The Chelsea legend has assembled a formidable-looking squad over the summer and it’ll be fascinating to see how well the Blues perform this season with the likes of Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner in their ranks.

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8. Ralph Hasenhuttl | Southampton

Annual wage: £6 million

Southampton stuck with Ralph Hasenhuttl despite a humiliating 9-0 defeat to Leicester City in October - and what a decision that proved to be.

The Saints ended up finishing 11th in the table and Hasenhuttl put pen to paper on a new four-year contract in June.

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7. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer | Manchester United

Annual wage: £7.5 million

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was a man under severe pressure at the beginning of 2020 but the Manchester United boss managed to turn things around during the final months of the 2019-20 campaign.

As things stand, the vast majority of United fans are happy to have Solskjaer in charge of their team.

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6. Marcelo Bielsa | Leeds United

Annual wage: £8 million

Bielsa recently delighted Leeds United supporters by signing a new one-year contract at Elland Road worth a cool £8 million a year.

The enigmatic Argentine coach subsequently moves above Solskjaer into sixth place on this list.

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5. Brendan Rodgers | Leicester City

Annual wage: £10 million

Rodgers has done an excellent job since joining Leicester in February 2019. Most fans would agree that the Northern Irish coach is justifying his £10 million annual wage.

Can he take the Foxes to the next level this season?

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4. Carlo Ancelotti | Everton

Annual wage: £11.5 million

It felt like a major coup for Everton when they landed Ancelotti back in December.

The Italian tactician has managed to lure the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan to Goodison Park this summer and fans are feeling optimistic for the season ahead.

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3. Jurgen Klopp | Liverpool

Annual wage: £15 million

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Klopp has done an extraordinary job with Liverpool over the past five years. Where would the Reds be right now without their charismatic German coach?

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2. Jose Mourinho | Tottenham

Annual wage: £15 million

Tottenham’s decision to sack Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t popular with fans at the time but Daniel Levy managed to secure a top replacement in Jose Mourinho.

One of the greatest coaches of his generation, Mourinho will be aiming to prove this season that his best years are not behind him.

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1. Pep Guardiola | Manchester City

Annual wage: £20 million

But on top of the pile, earning an eye-watering £20 million a year, it’s Guardiola.

The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss has won two Premier League titles, three League Cups and the FA Cup with Manchester City.

However, City appointed Guardiola to help them become European champions for the first time, and so far he’s been unable to achieve that objective.

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