The Premier League cuts across as the best league competition globally, and it is not hard to see. Most players around the globe hold the dream of one day playing in this league, and it is the same for managers.
The Premier League has produced several top managers globally. Among the reasons for dreaming of managing in this league is the financial incentive of working for a Premier League team.
Somehow, the higher the pay, the bigger the chance one is rated to win the league title, and it comes with the power to make big decisions during transfer windows, and there’s also the assistance to create great teams.
These same managers are very successful in Europe because of the strength of the squads they put together. A case in point is the Champions League semifinals, where all the current teams’ managers have served in England, and two are even managing English teams.
Pep Guardiola of Manchester City is currently the best paid, with a salary of £19m per year. A reflection of this also comes in the control he has of the club’s transfer policy and planning, the reason he has seen so much success with the team.
Closest to Pep is Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, who recently renewed his contract, but it is reported with only increased benefits to his backroom staff. Klopp is on £16m a year. The two top earners are also the remaining title contenders in the Champions League semifinals.
It says much about their influence. Even on the top bookies listed on Wincomparator, these two managers’ clubs are being tipped favorites to meet in the Champions League final after wins in the first leg of the semis.
In his first season, Italian Antonio Conte of Tottenham Hotspur is the third-highest earner as the North London side’s coach. He is on a yearly pay of £15m, backed by his history, having recently won the Premier League title with Chelsea and Inter Milan.
Leicester City’s Brendan Rodgers is the highest-paid Englishman in the Premier League. He is currently on a £10m scale per year, and while he has managed to deliver a few trophies, he doesn’t match the profile of the top three managers.
Erik ten Hag is getting to manage Manchester United after completing the move from Ajax. He will start after this season and is already on a high salary scale, which will see him bank £9m yearly.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is also a high earner. Despite only delivering the FA Cup during his three years in charge, the Spaniard is on a salary of £8.3m a year, slightly higher than Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel.
The German, who guided Chelsea to win the Champions League last season, is on £8m a year. The man he replaced at Chelsea, Frank Lampard, is on £6m a year at Everton, which is £1m less than Southampton’s Ralph Hasenhuttl.
David Moyes (West Ham United), Steven Gerrard (Aston Villa), and Roy Hodgson (Watford) are all on £5m. It is not clear what Burnley’s new man in charge, Mike Jackson earns, but Bruno Lage of Wolverhampton Wanderers is officially the lowest earner at £3m.