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The Most Expensive Fees Paid For Football Managers

For all the talk about inflated transfer fees in football, you don’t usually hear too much about managers moving for big bucks.

That’s probably because they all get sacked eventually and you can pick them up for free (CC: Brighton if you guys are thinking about paying a lump sum for Brendan Rodgers). But still, that rarity of big fees makes such a ranking of them a bit more fun.

Here are the 11 most expensive managers in the history of football, ranked by how much their new club paid to acquire them.

The most expensive fees paid for football managers

11. Mark Hughes (Blackburn to Manchester City)

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Hughes was polarising at Man City / Stu Forster/GettyImages
Shortly prior to their takeover by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, Manchester City opted to replace Sven-Goran Eriksson with Mark Hughes after his stellar work at making Blackburn semi-regulars in Europe.

City paid Rovers a cool £5m for the former Manchester United player. He would be sacked midway through the 2009/10 season and was replaced by Roberto Mancini.

10. Brendan Rodgers (Swansea to Liverpool)

Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers was semi-successful at Liverpool / David Banks/GettyImages
Remember when Swansea arrived in the Premier League and looked like peak Barcelona? Those were the days.

Anyway, Liverpool quickly acted on this and paid £5m to take Brendan Rodgers from the Welsh club. He took the Reds to within a slip of the Premier League title before eventually being succeeded by Jurgen Klopp.

9. Ronald Koeman (Southampton to Everton)

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Koeman was never really adored at Everton / AFP Contributor/GettyImages
Hughes’ Blackburn spell has some parallels with Ronald Koeman’s at Southampton, with the Dutchman similarly taking the Saints into Europe.

He also cost £5m when Everton came calling for him. Koeman finished seventh, spent a stupid amount of money in the transfer window and was fired months later.

8. Maurizio Sarri (Napoli to Chelsea)

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Sarri won his first trophy at Chelsea / James Williamson – AMA/GettyImages
Chelsea wanted to replace Antonio Conte with a manager who played attractive football, leading them to Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri.

The Italian cost them £5m, won the Europa League in his only season in west London, and then returned to his homeland with Juventus.

7. Adi Hutter (Eintracht Frankfurt to Borussia Monchengladbach)

Adi Huetter
You’d think he’d have been able to afford some AirPods / Daniel Kopatsch/GettyImages
Well, this could have gone a little better.

After a decent but hardly groundbreaking spell with Eintracht Frankfurt, Borussia Monchengladbach paid £6.5m for Adi Hutter.

He left after just one season having finished tenth in the Bundesliga.

6. Jose Mourinho (Inter to Real Madrid)

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Mourinho was made for Real Madrid / PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/GettyImages
Hello there, Jose.

After leaving Chelsea at the beginning of the 2007/08 season, Mourinho took the Inter job the following year. His Champions League triumph convinced Real Madrid to buy out his contract for £6.9m.

He wasn’t the man to win ‘La Decima’ for Los Blancos, but pipping Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona to the 2011/12 La Liga title was pretty special.

5. Ruben Amorim (Braga to Sporting CP)

Ruben Amorim
Any danger of wearing a suit, Ruben? / Carlos Rodrigues/GettyImages
Yeah, bit of a rogue one, here.

Ruben Amorim had managed just 13 games in charge of Braga when Sporting CP came calling, with the Lisbon side coughing up £8.65m on a huge gamble.

It paid off, however, as Amorim guided Sporting to their first league title in 19 years in his debut season.

4. Brendan Rodgers (Celtic to Leicester)

Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers has delivered silverware, at least / Robin Jones/GettyImages
We’ve got to stop meeting like this, Brendan.

After a few years of getting his groove back at Celtic, Rodgers returned to England in 2019 after Leicester paid £9m for him.

While he’ll probably be remembered for twice squandering Champions League qualification on the final day of the season, Rodgers led the Foxes to their first FA Cup in 2021.

3. Andre Vilas-Boas (Porto to Chelsea)

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Andre Vilas-Boas didn’t even last a season / Gareth Copley/GettyImages
In the hope that Porto’s bright young manager Andre Vilas-Boas was a Mourinho regen, Chelsea paid £13.3m to bring him to Stamford Bridge in 2011,

It turned out he wasn’t, but his sacking led to assistant manager Robert Di Matteo winning the Blues their first Champions League title. So, every cloud…

2. Graham Potter (Brighton to Chelsea)

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Welcome to the list, Graham / Robin Jones/GettyImages
Again, Chelsea?

90min understands that the total package to take Potter and his staff from Brighton to Chelsea stands at around £22m, though only £20m will be for the 47-year-old himself.

Still, that’s a lot of money. 10 Michus, if you will.

1. Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich)

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King Julian / ATPImages/GettyImages
But Bayern Munich’s £21.7m to take Julian Nagelsmann alone off of RB Leipzig’s hands remains the world record for one single managerial appointment.

It’s worked out pretty well for the Bavarians so far, and you expect that the relatively young Nagelsmann can still take them to another level.

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