A shocking new report has revealed Manuel Pellegrini was one of the world’s highest paid managers during his time at West Ham United.
The report from France Football also lifts the lid on the details of Pellegrini’s severance package following his sacking back in December.
The Chilean – who was replaced in the West Ham hotseat by David Moyes – may have come across as dour at times. But he is laughing all the way to bank.
True Pellegrini salary and severance revealed
France Football published a list of who they purport to be the top 20 highest paid football managers in the game.
The calculations are produced by taking into account the bonuses earned from the 2018/19 campaign, the gross salary earned in 2019/20 and other public streams of revenue also earned over the latter period.
And astonishingly Pellegrini’s salary while at West Ham means he is currently the 12th highest paid manager in world football.
West Ham were battling the very real prospect of relegation before the coronavirus shut down all football.
West Ham had 12th highest paid boss in world football
But Pellegrini was being paid the wages akin to the boss of Champions League regulars.
“It seems Being sacked is a lucrative business,” France Football states.
“With Pellegrini receiving £2million in severance pay from the Hammers on top of the £8m full salary that the ex-Manchester City manager is due for the 2019/20 campaign, despite not completing it in the head coach role with the London club, having been replaced by David Moyes.”
The report shows that Pellegrini was paid more than a host of top class managers during his time with West Ham.
He earned more at West Ham than Maurizio Sarri does at Juventus. More than Mauricio Pochettino did at Tottenham. More than Tomas Tuchel at mega rich PSG and more than Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on at Manchester United to name but a few.
Pellegrini earned more than host of top managers
The top paid manager in world football was Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone on more than £40m per year.
It is perhaps understandable then that under fire co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold were so keen to get Pellegrini out of the club midway through a disappointing season.
That level of wage is surely unsustainable for a club like West Ham without European football.
Moyes will not be on anything like that kind of money which fuelled suspicion among West Ham fans when he returned to the club that he was the cheap option.