Will Ole Gunnar Solskjaer break into top ten severance packages received by football managers?

Torbay Weekly

With the managerial sackings taking place in the Premier League over the past few weeks, I thought I would do some research on the severance packages that have been received for, in most cases, failure to achieve the expectations or creating the future ambitions of the football club.

It has been reported that Nuno Espiritao Santo received £14million from Tottenham following his sacking in what is one of the biggest severance package in history.

The 47 year old was relieved of his duties following the club’s 3-0 defeat against Manchester United.

Santo lost five of his ten Premier League games, with the club sitting eighth in the table.

According to reports, a clause in Nuno’s contract would have allowed Spurs to get rid of him for free at the end of the season if they failed to make the top six but Daniel Levy decided it was time to make the change and bring in Antonio Conte.

Take a look at the top ten pay-offs it certainly makes for startling viewing

1: Antonio Conte (Chelsea, 2018) - £26.2million

The Italian won the Premier League and FA Cup in his first season but struggled in his second season finishing fifth and outside the crucial Champions League spot. Fallouts with the likes of fan-favourites Eden Hazard and Diago Costa also contributed to his dismissal.

2: Jose Mourinho (Man Utd, 2018) - £19.6million

A serial winner – but United fans never accepted having the former Chelsea boss in charge and his style of football left many disillusioned

3: Jose Mourinho (Chelsea 2007) - £18 million

The Special One departed Stamford Bridge with three years of his contract remaining resulting in a very healthy pay-off.

4. Laurent Blanc (PSG ,2016) - £17million

Laurent Blanc couldn’t overcome what seems to be a poisoned chalice at PSG. He was succeeded by Unai Emery- who had an even more miserable time in charge before moving to Arsenal and yet more disappointment.

5: Nuno Espirito Santo (Tottenham, 2021) - £14million

Things started well for the ex-Wolves gaffer, who was named Premier League’s Manager of the Month for August after winning his opening three games. But his fairy tale start soon ended losing five out of the next seven matches – conceding 16 goals in the process.

6: Luis Felipe Scolari (Chelsea, 2009) - £13.6million

Chelsea fans were excited when it was announced the Brazilian World Cup winner would become the new manager. But seven months later, seven points behind top-of- the- table Manchester United and in fourth, Scolari was out the door and Guus Hiddink was brought in.

7: Fabio Capello (Russia, 2015)- £13.4million

To attract the legendary Capello the Russian FA had to put plenty of money on the table when they decided Capello was their man for the job. But he failed to win a match at the Brazil World Cup and was ditched when the European Championship campaign started poorly.

8: Mauricio Pochettino (Tottenham, 2019) - £12.5million

At the time of his sacking, it did appear Poch was struggling with the team in 14th position in the Premier League. But over the five years he had been on a project and many Spurs fans now wish he had been allowed to continue.

9: Andre Villas-Boas (Chelsea, 2012) - £12million

Having worked with Jose Mourinho for a number of seasons Chelsea fans might have thought they were getting the new Mourinho when Villas-Boas was appointed in 2008. But a bad run of just three Premier League wins in their last 12 games saw the former Porto boss axed.

10: Robert Di Matteo (Chelsea, 2012) - £10.7million

A playing legend at the club, Di Matteo had guided Chelsea to the most remarkable of Champions League and FA Cup double triumphs. This led to the caretaker boss being given a two-year deal, but a 3-0 defeat to Juventus in the competition they were defending (Champions League) saw him dismissed.

As you can see one London club, Chelsea, appears five times in the list of sackings/ pay-offs which have been costly for their billionaire Russian owner Roman Abramovich.

Having said that, with an estimated net worth of $14.4billion, I’m sure it hasn’t created much of a problem or the slightest hole in his pocket.

When I started in management, the League Managers' Association (LMA) was being formed and I have used their support on a number of occasions and continue to be a member.

The LMA are now an established organisation that support and help football managers in the Football League.

Prior to the LMA being formed, managers were sacked and a lengthy dispute would take place with many clubs trying to force managers back into employment where their new wages would then be deducted from the outstanding debt owed to the manager.

The LMA introduced what is now a clear understanding and a written understanding/clause in the FA fixed-term contracts stipulates that if a manager is dismissed then payment must be paid before the club can employ another manager providing the manager has not been dismissed for gross misconduct.

It is important to understand that a fixed-term contract is a contract used where there is a genuine need for the particular employee to be employed on a short-term basis for a defined period - where a temporary contract will not have a fixed end date, but its termination provisions will allow for termination on notice.

All football clubs use the fixed-term contract to allow managers to safeguard their position and put them in a strong position if the club decides to make changes for any reason.

Following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last week I’m pretty sure Ole will now break into the top ten severance packages received by football managers having signed a three-year contract deal in July 2021.