Opinion

Mourinho stays top in Serie A paid ranks

ROME, ITALY - APRIL 16: Jose Mourinho, Head Coach of AS Roma, reacts prior to the Serie A match between AS Roma and Udinese Calcio at Stadio Olimpico on April 16, 2023 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)
Andy Mattioli
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Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho has carved a niche for himself as a top coach, and his dominant runs in European club competitions have defined his worth as a manager. It is therefore not a surprise to have the AS Roma manager listed as one of the highest earners among all the Serie A managers.

It is a brand he has built over time and after breaking out with FC Porto in 2004, winning the UEFA Champions League title, the Portuguese coach has gone on to win all the available titles in European club competitions. It is this brand that keeps giving, with a history of rarely going without a trophy in the clubs he has coached.

Whereas Italy’s top league, the Serie A still lags behind in terms of the amounts managers take home, Jose Mourinho has been able to tag along with his brand and the numbers for the best paid managers in the league have home at the top. Mourinho is on a £10 million annual salary at Roma which makes him the second highest earning manager in a league that has managers taking home even less than a million.



Mourinho’s take home package is only bettered by Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri who is on an annual salary of £13 million. Apart from the two top coaches, no other manager is anywhere close to double figures in terms of annual salary, with only Luciano Spaletti at Napoli pocketing an annual salary of £6.8 million.

While there are a number of managers whose salaries aren’t in the public domain, Mourinho’s former player at Inter Milan, Dejan Stankovic is officially the lowest paid. He takes home £800,000 annually. Stankovic was a member of Mourinho’s Inter team that claimed a treble in the 2009/10 season, which remains the only time the Italian giants have won the UEFA Champions League.

Mourinho’s hefty pay is well reflected in the progress at AS Roma under his tutelage. There have been tough times, when not all went well for the team but generally the team has grown, bagging the Europa Conference League title last season and doing well in Europa League at the moment.

AS Roma under Mourinho is pushing for Champions League football on two fronts – the league and through the Europa League. In their current form, it will not be a surprise to see today’s all football match predictions on SportyTrader in the Italian Serie A favoring a Roma win.

A 1-0 victory over Torino in the last round of Serie A matches, coupled with other favorable outcomes among the teams around them, saw Roma rise to third place and their firepower is now channeled at consolidating their position in the top four. It is still a tight race but trust Jose Mourinho to use his experience to rally his players for a great push in the remaining rounds of matches.

The Portuguese manager is also never known to pull out of a tackle and even as he seeks to lead Roma to a top four finish, he has lately been embroiled in a war of words with former Italian international Antonio Cassano who also played for Roma. Cassano was critical of Mourinho’s style of coaching but Mourinho was quick to remind him of his success as a coach.

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