Dalglish paid as much as Sir Alex, Hughes outearns Allegri & Klopp

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List of the world’s 30 best-paid managers is a huge eyebrow-raiser

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Everyone assumes that the reluctance of UK managers to go abroad relates to the silly belief that British is always best, but a recently published list (yes, we’re a bit late) of the planet’s 30 highest earners reveals the real reason.

Premier League clubs, no matter how mediocre, are willing to spend barmy amounts to ensure mid-table finishes and costly transfer flops, with eight of the top 14 pay-packets doled out in England.

The list – printed in full below – uncovers numerous bewildering anomalies, such as Mark Hughes being paid €1.5 million a year more to lose six-pointers at QPR than the defending champions of Italy and Germany, Massimiliano Allegri and Jurgen Klopp.

Want more? How about the fact that Alex McLeish’s wage for his tireless work as head Aston Villa scapegoat is 50% bigger than what Antonio Conte has earned for previously hopeless Juventus’ thus far unbeaten season?

Not shocking enough? Maybe knowing that Switzerland’s Ottmar Hitzfeld, of finishing third in England’s Euro 2012 qualifying group fame, is the best remunerated international boss will get you gasping.

The former Bayern Munich coach pockets half a million euros more a year than Spain’s Vicente del Bosque (easy job mind…) and gets a summer off, with much-lauded Germany chief Jogi Low somewhere in between that pair.

Jose Mourinho is unsurprisingly number one, while Pep Guardiola gets the same sum for winning everything at Barcelona that Guus Hiddink scoops for transforming Anzhi Makhachkala into a global force.

The progress report on that project reads just one goal in three games, so Real Madrid won’t be quivering just yet.

Coaching in Russia clearly pays well if you find the right gig, with Zenit St Petersburg’s Luciano Spalletti – a Spoiler favourite – receiving €3 million a year, explaining why he is no rush to return to Italy.

That figure is still some way short of the €3.5 Diego Maradona is given for lending his tactical expertise to Al-Wasl though.

And we’re not even going to expand upon Kenny Dalglish trousering the same amount as Sir Alex Ferguson, instead allowing the numbers to do the rest of the talking…

1    Jose Mourinho (Real Madrid, €10m)
2=    Pep Guardiola (Barcelona, €7.5m)
2=    Guus Hiddink (Anzhi Makhachkala, €7.5m)
4    Roberto Mancini (Manchester City, €6.0m)
5    Carlo Ancelotti (Paris St-Germain, €5.9m)
6    Jupp Heynckes (FC Bayern, €5.0m)
7=    Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United, €4.8m)
7=    Kenny Dalglish (Liverpool, €4.8m)
9=    Arsene Wenger (Arsenal, €4.7m)
9=    Harry Redknapp (Tottenham, €4.7m)
11=    Luiz Felipe Scolari (Palmeiras, €3.6m)
11=    David Moyes (Everton, €3.6m)
11=    Mark Hughes (QPR, €3.6m)
11=    Martin O’Neill (Sunderland, €3.6m)
15=    Diego Maradona (Al-Wasl, €3.5m)
15=    Manuel Pellegrini (Malaga, €3.5m)
17    Luciano Spalletti (Zenit St Petersburg, €3.0m)
18=    Muricy Ramalho (Santos, €2.6m)
18=    Ottmar Hitzfeld (Switzerland, €2.6m)
20=    Alex McLeish (Aston Villa, €2.4m)
20=    Joachim Low (Germany, €2.4m)
22=    Vicente del Bosque (Spain, €2.1m)
22=    Abel Braga (Fluminese, €2.1m)
22=    Massimiliano Allegri (AC Milan, €2.1m)
22=    Jurgen Klopp (Borussia Dortmund, €2.1m)
26=    Dorival Junior (Internacional, €1.9m)
26=    Tite (Corinthians, €1.9m)
28    Claudio Ranieri (Inter, €1.8m)
29    Mano Menezes (Brazil, €1.7m)
30    Antonio Conte (Juventus, €1.6m)