The highest paid football managers in the world 2016: Ex-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho tops earnings list while Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger both make top 10

 
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Jose Mourinho has been named the world's highest paid manager for the seventh year in a row in France Football's annual study of football's richest.

With £19m in the bank, the Portuguese manager is this season's highest earning coach despite being sacked by the Blues in December following a disastrous start to the season.

Mourinho is still being paid by Chelsea until he finds a new club - a measure the Premier League club reportedly believe would be more cost effective than negotiating a huge compensation fee to release him from his £16m-a-year deal.

His former rival Pep Guardiola is joint second on the list with former England and Russia boss Fabio Capello with both men said to have earned just over £13m.

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Guardiola will become the highest earning manager in the Premier League when he joins Manchester City next season but for now that accolade belongs to Newcastle's Rafael Benitez who, despite being sacked after just six months at Real Madrid, earned a full year's salary due to a clause in his contract, and has since boosted his earnings at Newcastle.

Current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is the fifth-highest earner on £10.4m for the season while former Anfield boss Brendan Rodgers is ninth on €10m.

Arsenal's Arsene Wenger is eighth with £8.8m for the season. Former and current Premier League managers Louis Van Gaal, Gary Monk and Manuel Pellegrini also feature in the top 10.

See the full list below.

1. Jose Mourinho - €24m (£19.1m)

1. Jose Mourinho - €24m (£19.1m)

  • Club(s): Chelsea (Sacked)
  • Age: 53

On top of a huge £16m-a-year deal with Chelsea signed earlier this year, Mourinho supplements his income with commercial partnerships including Hublot, Adidas and Alibaba.

Source: France Football

= 2. Pep Guardiola - €16.5m (£13.1m)

= 2. Pep Guardiola - €16.5m (£13.1m)

  • Club(s) Bayern Munich
  • Age: 45

The incoming Manchester City manager earns just over £11m a year at Bayern Munich, plus around £2m from sponsorships with Gore-Tex and Adidas.

Source: France Football

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= 2. Fabio Capello - €16.5m (£13.1m)

= 2. Fabio Capello €16.5m (£13.1m)

  • Club(s): Russia (Sacked)
  • Age: 69

Former England manager Capello was sacked by Russia last summer with the team struggling in qualification for Euro 2016 - £11m in compensation may have softened the blow.

Source: France Football

4. Rafael Benitez - €14.8m (£11.8m)

4. Rafael Benitez - €14.8m (£11.8m)

  • Club(s): Real Madrid (sacked), Newcastle
  • Age: 55

Benitez received a year's salary for a month's work at the Bernabeu thanks to a clause in his contract. The Spaniard will receive £2m-a-year at Newcastle if he can keep them up.

Source: France Football

5. Jurgen Klopp - €13m (£10.4m)

5. Jurgen Klopp - €13m (£10.4m)

  • Club(s): Liverpool
  • Age: 48

Liverpool paid top dollar to lure in-demand Klopp to Anfield, paying him around £7m season.

Klopp's huge personality has helped him become something of a commercial behemoth back in Germany - he enjoys deals with Opel-Vauxhall, Philips and others.

Source: France Football

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6. Diego Simeone - €12.5m (£10m)

6. Diego Simeone - €12.5m (£10m)

  • Club(s): Atletico Madrid
  • Age: 45

Simeone is handsomely paid by Atletico and it's not hard to see why - their recent victory over Barcelona in the Champions League quarter-final is a typical example of his upstart team upsetting the odds in Spanish football.

Source: France Football

7. Luis Enrique - €12m (£9.6m)

7. Luis Enrique - €12m (£9.6m)

  • Club(s): Barcelona
  • Age: 45

Barcelona doubled Enrique's salary last summer after their former player won a treble in his first season in charge at Camp Nou.

Source: France Football

8. Arsene Wenger - €11m (£8.8m)

8. Arsene Wenger - €11m (£8.8m)

  • Club(s): Arsenal
  • Age: 66

Wenger's current contract with the Gunners guarantees him £8.3m a year. The Frenchman's income will be supplemented by punditry work during Euro 2016.

Source: France Football

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9. Brendan Rodgers - €10m (£8m)

10. Brendan Rodgers - €10m (£8m)

  • Club(s): Liverpool (Sacked)
  • Age: 43

A disappointing season for Rodgers, in which he was sacked by Liverpool just 10 games into the season, has at least been sweetened by the fact he is the youngest man within the 10 highest earning managers.

Source: France Football

10. Louis Van Gaal - €9.5m (£7.6m)

10. Louis Van Gaal - €9.5m (£7.6m)

  • Club(s): Manchester United
  • Age: 64

Should Manchester United opt to part ways with Van Gaal this summer, it will likely be a costly divorce; the Dutchman's contract, which expires in 2018, is reported to be worth just over £7m a season.

Source: France Football

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11. Andre Villas-Boas - €8.5m (£6.8m)

11. Andre Villas Boas - €8.5m (£6.8m)

  • Club(s): Zenit Saint Petersburg
  • Age: 38

Former Chelsea and Spurs boss Villas Boas will leave Zenit at the end of the season following the conclusion of a two-year deal worth over £13m. Not bad for a 38-year-old.

Source: France Football

= 12. Laurent Blanc - €8m (£6.4m)

= 12 Laurent Blanc - €8m (£6.4m)

  • Club(s): Paris Saint-Germain
  • Age: 50

Blanc signed a new two-year deal with French champions in February - although his long-term future could be in doubt after PSG failed to reach the semi-finals of the Champions League for a third season in a row.

Source: France Football

= 12. Carlo Ancelotti - €8m (£6.4m)

= 12 Carlo Ancelotti - €8m (£6.4m)

  • Club(s): None
  • Age: 56

Ancelotti was supposed to be managing Real Madrid this season. Instead he's had to make do with around £6m in compensation plus extra income from a partnership with Chinese digital sports platform SINA sports.

Source: France Football

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