Jose Mourinho is set to earn £15 million-a-season as manager of Manchester United - which works out at just under £300,000-a-week.
However, that’s small change compared to the extraordinary amount of money Pep Guardiola will pocket as manager of rivals Manchester City.
According to The Sun, Guardiola is poised to earn a remarkable £21 million-a-season - which works out at just over £400,000-a-week. Before tax, we assume.
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That will make the hugely successful Catalan coach, who joins City following a three-year spell with Bayern Munich this summer, the highest paid manager in world football by some distance.
Manchester City have well and truly pushed the boat out the bring the 45-year-old to the Etihad Stadium in time for the 2016-17 campaign. He will be assigned the task of helping the Citizens win the Champions League for the first time in their history.
Mourinho must mastermind United's route back to top
Mourinho, meanwhile, will be the man responsible for masterminding Manchester United’s route back to the top of English football following three seasons of disappointment.
The Portuguese coach, sacked by Chelsea in December, has long coveted the United job and now looks certain to replace the under-fire Louis van Gaal this summer.
He was overlooked for the vacancy following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013 - the legendary Scot advised the club to hire David Moyes instead - but the Glazer family and Ed Woodward are not about to make the same mistake this time around.
According to various newspapers - including the Mirror - Mourinho has told his friends that the Manchester United job is his.
Van Gaal remains in the dark
Van Gaal, for the time being, remains in the dark about the whole situation. He has grown increasingly agitated in recent weeks about speculation regarding his future and refuses to believe that Manchester United would open talks with Mourinho behind his back.
"When there is such nonsense written about me, I cannot believe there is already a relationship between Jose Mourinho and United,” Van Gaal was quoted as saying by BBC Sport prior to last weekend’s 1-1 draw between United and Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
After the match, questions about the veteran Dutch coach’s position continued, forcing him to bite back.
“You have spoken with [United’s executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward?” Van Gaal was quoted as asking a journalist by the Guardian. ”Why do they have to deny? I don’t interfere neither [sic]. Why do the club have to deny it when you are creating stories. OK, OK, so you haven’t spoken to Ed Woodward or [United’s owners] the Glazers, so you are inventing this story.
“I don’t have to answer this question.”
Van Gaal continued: “You are getting the sack tomorrow. What is your name? Then I can announce the name also. [You can] look at your wife, or maybe you have children, or a nephew or something like that.”
It will be fascinating to hear what the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona head coach has to say in his latest press conference, following these latest reports, later this week.
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