Erik ten Hag: How much will Man Utd boss earn compared to other Premier League managers?

  • Kobe Tong
Ajax's Ten Hag shouting.

Erik ten Hag must be excited to get started as Manchester United manager.

While there is still work to do to ensure that Ajax win yet another Eredivisie title this season, Ten Hag must at least have one eye on the monumental task that awaits him at Old Trafford.

Thursday’s announcement that the Dutchman would be commanding the Red Devils once Ralf Rangnick moves upstairs was a fascinating and exciting statement of intent from the club.

Ten Hag to Man Utd

There’s good reason to believe that Ten Hag is singing from the same hymn sheet as the ‘United Way’ with a real impetus on attacking football and an investment in the future.

While other touted contenders like Mauricio Pochettino and Luis Enrique most certainly aren’t short of quality, one can’t help feeling that Ten Hag makes for the closest fit for the Red Devils.

We’ll just have to wait and see whether Ten Hag will be able to make the step up to arguably the biggest club in the world having previously only managed Go Ahead Eagles, Utrecht and Ajax.

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Ten Hag to pocket £9m per year

But even if things start to come apart at the seams, Ten Hag can at least rest assured that he’s being paid a pretty penny to grit his teeth and bite down on his gum shield to bring the glory days back to United.

In fact, according to The Sun, the new Red Devils boss will be pocking £9 million each year, which will make him the fifth-highest-paid manager in England’s top-flight as things stand.

With Pep Guardiola earning more than double and Brendan Rodgers pocketing more at Leicester City, there are plenty of interesting patterns and details to be drawn from Ten Hag’s pay packet.

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The highest-paid Premier League managers

As such, The Sun decided to place Ten Hag within the current wage rankings of Premier League managers with only Burnley absent given Sean Dyche’s sacking, so check out the list below:

19. Thomas Frank (Brentford) – £1.5 million

18. Dean Smith (Norwich City) – £2 million

17. Graham Potter (Brighton & Hove Albion) – £2.5 million

16. Bruno Lage (Wolverhampton Wanderers) – £3 million

=14. Jesse Marsch (Leeds United) – £3.5 million

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=14. Eddie Howe (Newcastle United) – £3.5 million

13. Patrick Vieira (Crystal Palace) – £4.5 million

=10. Roy Hodgson (Watford) – £5 million

=10. Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa) – £5 million

=10. David Moyes (West Ham United) – £5 million

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9. Frank Lampard (Everton) – £6 million

8. Ralph Hasenhuttl (Southampton) – £7 million

7. Thomas Tuchel (Chelsea) – £8 million

6. Mikel Arteta (Arsenal) – £8.3 million

5. Erik ten Hag (Manchester United) – £9 million

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4. Brendan Rodgers (Leicester City) – £10 million

3. Antonio Conte (Tottenham Hotspur) – £15 million

2. Jurgen Klopp (Liverpool) – £16 million

  1. Pep Guardiola (Manchester City) – £19 million
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A tidy pay packet for Ten Hag

Not a bad place to join the shuffle, hey Erik?

It’s maybe a little surprising when you consider just how much United have overpaid on player wages in recent years that they haven’t been quite so extravagant with Ten Hag’s pay packet.

However, the fact that they’ve reined themselves in a little bit can hardly be a bad thing and it certainly makes the likes of Leicester and Southampton really look as though they’re splashing the cash.

We shouldn’t be too shocked that Klopp and Guardiola are miles ahead as arguably the best two managers in the world, though Tuchel only coming in at seventh might raise a few eyebrows.

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Similarly, you might have expected to see Howe at least finishing in a mid-table position when you consider the huge injection of money that Newcastle have experienced with their new owners.

Nevertheless, finances in football don’t always work out quite how you imagine them to and we’re pretty sure that Ten Hag will be laughing all the way to the bank with his cool £9 million at United.

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