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5 of the biggest compensation packages ever paid to football managers

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Jose Mourinho has received huge compensations after being sacked by Chelsea twice.
Jose Mourinho has received huge compensations after being sacked by Chelsea twice.

Sacking managers midway through the season is on the rise in European football, especially in the Premier League. This decision comes with its own headaches; not only does the club management have to search for a replacement, but the departing personnel sometimes command hefty compensation payouts, in case their contract had been terminated abruptly.

As fans, it is difficult for us to see our club going through a rough patch, and fans prefer to see the manager who just can't seem to get the job done replaced. But sacking a manager who is under contract could cost the club a fortune, and in many cases, a massive severance package is the biggest obstacle against his removal.

In case of dismissal of the 'Big Boys' of football management, the severance packages could reach to the tune of millions of dollars.

Over recent years, with salaries of top managers increasing exponentially, it has become more and more expensive for clubs and countries to sack managers on a whim. Some football managers have made millions even after getting sacked.

Here's the list of 5 of the biggest compensation packages that were handed out to managers:

#5 Fabio Capello - £11 million

Russia Training and Press Conference
Russia Training and Press Conference

Fabio Capello, the Italian manager who has now retired from professional coaching, was handed out a lucrative sum of £11 million in by Russian Football Union (RFU) in 2015, when the men's national team failed to earn a single point in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil and was on the verge of missing out on a spot in EURO 2016.

Capello, who had spells at the helm of clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus and AC Milan, also coached the England men's national team for four years between 2008 and 2012.

He is regarded as one of the most successful managers of all time, having won the Serie A five times, excluding the two revoked titles on account of Calciopoli scandal, the LaLiga twice and also the coveted UEFA Champions League once.

He was named in the list of top 50 managers of all time by The Times in 2007.

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