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5 most expensive managerial sackings in football history

Arjun Singh Devgan
Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea in 2018
Antonio Conte was sacked by Chelsea in 2018 / Laurence Griffiths/GettyImages

Newcastle United recently released Steve Bruce in what did not come as a surprise considering that the Magpies are currently in the relegation zone in the Premier League, while also getting new owners who bought the club for £305million last week.

As part of his exit, it has been reported that Bruce is set to receive £8m in severance pay and here, we take a look at the five biggest managerial compensation payments in football history.

1. Antonio Conte (Chelsea, 2018) - £26.2m

Antonio Conte
Chelsea v Manchester United - The Emirates FA Cup Final / Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/GettyImages

At more than three times that Steve Bruce is set to receive, Antonio Conte got a staggering £26.2m from Chelsea after getting the sack in 2018. While, the Blues were struggling at the time, he did lead them to the Premier League title in 2016/17.

2. Jose Mourinho (Manchester United, 2018) - £19.6m

Jose Mourinho
Ajax v Manchester United - UEFA Europa League Final / Amin Mohammad Jamali/GettyImages

It has become a familiar recurrence in Jose Mourinho's career that he falls out with the players and management at most of the clubs he has been at and Manchester United were no different.

The Special One was paid £19.6m in 2018 by the Red Devils, though he did lead them to Europa League success in 2017.

3. Jose Mourinho (Chelsea, 2007) - £18m

Jose Mourinho
Barcelona v Chelsea - UEFA Champions League Group A / Etsuo Hara/GettyImages

Jose Mourinho's Chelsea fairytale came to an end for the first time when he was sacked by the club despite revolutionising the club on his arrival. He did end up with a tidy sum as compensation though.

4. Laurent Blanc (PSG, 2016) - £17m


Laurent Blanc had a decent run as manager of Paris Saint-Germain, but despite his success, he was let go off by the management in favour of Unai Emery.

The Spaniard did not exactly impress in France, and looking at his performance they should have kept Blanc - though he would have been happy with the compensation he got.

5. Luis Felipe Scolari (Chelsea, 2009) - £13.6m

Luis Felipe Scolari
Liverpool v Chelsea - Premier League / Alex Livesey/GettyImages

The third time Chelsea find themselves on the list and this time it was in 2009 when they sacked the 2002 World Cup winner, Luis Felipe Scolari. The Brazilian failed to impress at Stamford Bridge and was rather rightly let go off by the club.