5) Fabio Capello – £11 million
The Italian is widely regarded as one of the best managers of his generation. He was at the helm of several top clubs including Juventus, AC Milan and Real Madrid. He won the Champions league and several Serie A titles. He was the Juventus manager when the Old Lady were stripped off their two league titles during the Calciopoli incident. One of the lows in his career was his time with Russian national team. Under his guidance, the Russians failed to secure a single point in the World Cup in Brazil and were in grave danger of missing out on the Euros as well. Capello was relieved of his duties and was paid a massive 11 million as compensation.
4) Andre Villas-Boas – £12 million
There was great excitement among the Chelsea fans when the club had paid the Portuguese’ release clause in order to terminate his contract with Porto. And rightly so, branded as the eyes and ears of Jose Mourinho during the Special One’s time at Porto, Villas-Boas had followed it up with great success leading Porto to a treble in 2010. Just 34, he joined Chelsea in hopes of leading the club into the new era. However, a string of poor results and Villas-Boas’ failure to keep harmony with the senior players like Lampard, Drogba and Ivanovic meant that he was relieved off his duties just 7 months into his new job. It did his reputation some harm though he did earn a massive 12 million as severance pay.
3) Luiz Felipe Scolari – £12.6 million
Luiz Felipe Scolari has experienced both the apogee and nadir of his career with the Brazilian national team. After leading the Seleccao to their fifth World Cup title back in ‘02, expectations were huge when Scolari was brought back as their manager for the World Cup in 2014. Scolari, however, failed to replicate that success and the national team was embarrassed by the eventual champions Germany 7-1 in the semi-final. Scolari was appointed as the Chelsea manager back in ‘09. Expectations were huge as they always are under Roman Abrahmovich but Scolari failed to inspire the squad. He was replaced by GussHiddink in the middle of the season. Scolari did end up with a certain 12 million in his bank account though.
2) Laurent Blanc – £17 million
The former Manchester United defender is one of the few former players who have continued their success as a manager. He led Bordeaux to an unlikely Ligue 1 title in 2007, which got his name buzzing all around the football world. After a brief spell with Les Bleus, Blanc was brought in as the new PSG manager. And while Blanc did not disappoint with his easy to eye playing style and trophies, he failed to convince the PSG hierarchy that he was the man to lead the club to their first European title. As a result, he was replaced by Unai Emery and was paid a hefty 17 million as compensation.
- Jose Mourinho – £18 million
The Self-proclaimed Special One has been at the core of Chelsea’s success in the past decade or so. He led the club to consecutive league titles in 2004 and 2005 season, which further embellished his status as one of the greatest mangers of the current generation. However, the relationship would soon turn sour as Mourinho was sacked midway through the next season after an altercation with the hierarchy. Abrahmovich agreed to pay a record 18 million as compensation to let go off the Portuguese.