Exactly three years and one day after Jose Mourinho was unceremoniously sacked during his second spell at Chelsea, he has been given the boot at Manchester United following the club’s worst-ever start to a Premier League season.
It’s not all bad news for Mourinho, however, as he has been gifted a pretty generous severance package from the Red Devils. Indeed, he will receive a far larger pay-out than any of his previously dismissed predecessors due to the fact his sacking took place so early on in the season.
So how much will the Portuguese boss earn as severance pay, and how much did former sacked Man United bosses receive? Goal takes a look.
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That fee has the potential to rise exponentially, however, now that he has been axed before the end of January.
In doing so, United will now have to pay him a Champions League “top up” having sacked him while the club are still in the European competition, or still in contention to finish in the top four (no matter how unlikely the latter scenario is).
United will now pay the Portuguese manager a fee in the region of £22.5m, according to the Daily Mail, to cut short a contract that was poised to run until 2020.
Though Mourinho was on a basic salary of £18m – which is what Man United are liable to pay in order to dismiss him – the contract included a 25 per cent bonus if the club were still in the running for the two main competitions upon being sacked.