The Top 7 Richest Football Managers in the Premier League

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It’s easy to talk about the millions that football players make. Most people could only make that money by finding the best place to play the Irish lottery or something similar. Football players not only make millions on the field but can continue making money by becoming coaches or managers after they retire. Some players simply like coaching better than playing. Also, if a player gets injured, coaching is another way they can share their love of football!  

With that in mind, here are the top seven richest football managers in Premier League to show you how wild management salaries can get. Stories of injuries, passion, and setbacks abound! This article uses Transfermarkt.com’s listing of the wealthiest football managers as of July 2022 for many of these numbers; they are then double-checked for the most up-to-date records. Let’s get to it! 

Mikel Arteta (£5—8.3 million) 

First, we have to note that there are conflicting data here. Some sources say that Mikel Arteta Amatriain, the current manager of Arsenal, has a salary of £5 million per year. Other sources say that Arteta’s salary has risen to £8.3 million per year. Both figures are recent. 

Regardless, Arteta followed the simple path from retirement from the pitch into coaching. After being with the Gunners for 5 years, Arteta retired at age 34. This is only slightly under the average age of 35 for retirement. Since then, he has won two Barclays “Manager of the Month” awards, even though 2021-22 has not been a good season for Arsenal. 

But if you think £5 million is a lot, keep reading. Many coaches get paid twice that! 

Marcelo Bielsa (£8 million)  

There’s no conflict here: Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Caldera of Leeds United has an upgraded contract of 8 million pounds. The “Crazy Bielsa” retired from playing for Newell’s Old Boys at 25 years old to focus on coaching. After over 30 years, he’s still in the game, albeit as a manager. 

Antonio Conte (~£9.3 million)

Antonio Conte is a lot of things, but a quitter is not one of them! In 1987, he broke his tibia—a fracture that could have ended his career. He was back on the pitch in full force after just one year. He has earned the title “Cavaliere OMRI” (the second order of knighthood in Italy) and currently manages the Tottenham Hotspurs. 

Brendan Rodgers (£10 million) 

Although Brendan Rodgers started as a promising young athlete, his dreams were tragically cut short by a genetic knee condition that hit him at 20 years old. That didn’t stop him from interacting with the sport he loved, albeit by coaching instead of playing professionally. He thanks his father for his hardworking nature and has been described as ambitious and willing to learn. 

Thomas Tuchel (£10 million) 

According to Sportspayouts.com, Thomas Tuchel, the current manager of Chelsea FC, makes £10 million for every year of his 4-year contract. He was forced to retire at 24 after a cartilage injury but has proven a boon for the Blues!

Jürgen Klopp (£15 million) 

Jürgen Norbert Klopp, the Liverpool manager, remains in the top ten highest-paid managers. Although Klopp started as a player, he also began coaching in local clubs while in college and did a bunch of odd jobs on the side. Although he wanted to be a doctor, given how charismatic and entertaining he is, football was the better choice.  

Pep Guardiola (~£19.5 million) 

Josep “Pep” Guardiola Sala is a former football player and the current manager of British Club Manchester City. He has also managed Barcelona and Bayern Munich. As a player in Barcelona, he was usually a defensive or central midfielder. He was always described as creative, hard-working, and tactical. No doubt those strategic assets also make him an excellent coach! According to SportingNews.com, he makes somewhere between 15-20 million pounds every year! 

Conclusion

A football player’s career is not over when they get injured or retire. Many choose to pass their experience and passion on to the next generation. More often than not, an elderly football player becomes a manager or coach. Their reputation and knowledge of the game follow them into coaching. Some players turn out to be better teachers than students! Life is full of unexpected twists; why not take a chance now and then to see where it leads? 

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