Julian Nagelsmann and the top-five highest ever fees paid for managers

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 27 April 2021, 09:30

Julian Nagelsmann is preparing to open up the next chapter of his managerial career at Bayern Munich, where he will replace Hansi Flick this summer.

We are used to seeing titanic fees for players, but money paid for the acquisition of an employed manager is often minimal in comparison.

However, the signing of Nagelsmann will certainly cost German giants Bayern, who will have to splash out a world-record €25m (£21.74m) to RB Leipzig for the 33-year-old, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

While that figure is still minuscule when compared to the €222m (£192m) Barcelona splashed out on Neymar in 2017, it could potentially signal a new wave of managerial transfers.

We’ll have to wait until the Nagelsmann switch is 100% official, so for now we’ve taken a look at the current top-five record fees paid for managers, according to @PortuGoal1...

5. Mark Hughes, Brendan Rodgers, Ronald Koeman & Maurizio Sarri: €6.2m (£5m)

After sacking Sven-Goran Eriksson in 2008, Man City threw a then world record £5m at Blackburn for their manager Mark Hughes. The Welshman, who signed Robinho for a British record of £32.5 million following the subsequent takeover by Abu Dhabi United Group Investment, lasted 18 months at the club.

Hughes has since managed Fulham, QPR, Stoke, and Southampton, while he recently expressed his desire to return to management following a three-year absence.

After impressing at Swansea, Liverpool paid £5m for Brendan Rodgers in 2012. He led the Reds to within touching distance of their first title, and later enjoyed pure dominance at Celtic, before switching to Leicester City - which we’ll get to shortly.

In 2016, Southampton fans were left gutted when Ronald Koeman left for Everton. Then more recently, we saw Juventus pay Chelsea in the region of £5m for Maurizio Sarri (2019).

4. Jose Mourinho: €8m (£6.9m)

In the hazy days of 2010 Jose Mourinho was at the peak of his managerial powers, having just led Inter Milan to an historic treble.

This superb feat caught the attention of Real Madrid, who sacked Manuel Pellegrini and paid Inter €8m for Mourinho. The Portuguese coach spent three-years at the helm; winning La Liga, Copa del Rey, and the Spanish Super Cup.


Bayern Munich will reportedly pay a world record fee of £21.74m for Julian Nagelsmann

3. Ruben Amorim: €10m (£8.6m)

Ruben Amorim may not yet be a manager familiar to the wider footballing public, however the young Portuguese coach, 36, is busy making a name for himself in his homeland where he’s on the cusp of winning the league title with Sporting CP.

Amorim spent just over two months in his first ever top-flight job at Braga before Sporting CP came calling. To be fair, he’d been electric; he won 10 of 13 games at Braga, beating Porto twice, Sporting & Benfica, he recorded a 7-1 win in his first game, and even lifted the League Cup. 

Sporting CP paid €10m for his services in March 2020 - he was their fourth manager of a turbulent season - and he’s since added another League Cup to his collection, while his side are six points clear of Porto with five games to go. 

At the time of writing he’s won 34 of his 48 games, which gives him an impressive 70.83% win rate. Meanwhile, his current buy-out clause is reportedly hovering around the €30m mark!

2. Brendan Rodgers: €10.5m (£8.8m)

Rodgers caused a huge stir in 2019 when he swapped Celtic for Leicester mid-way through the season.

Rodgers had won seven out of seven trophies at Celtic, set a British record of 69-games unbeaten, and was marching towards the treble-treble, yet he decided that the time was right to return to England.

He led Leicester into the top-five last season, while they are now on the verge of a top-three finish and have an FA Cup final to look forward to.


Andre Villas-Boas (pictured at Marseille) cost Chelsea £13.3m

1. Andre Villas-Boas: €15m (£13.3m)

Soon to be eclipsed by Nagelsmann, but for the moment Andre Villas-Boas still claims top spot in the Manager Fees table after he cost Chelsea £13.3m back in 2011.

Chelsea had hoped to have secured the ‘new Mourinho’ after Villas-Boas, just 33 at the time, had led Porto to a stunning unbeaten domestic campaign during which he won the league, cup and Super Cup. He topped that off by winning the Europa League. Not bad at all.

However, it proved to be an expensive failure, as Chelsea sacked AVB after just nine months. On the plus side, they did go on to win the Champions League and FA Cup under his replacement Roberto Di Matteo.

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