Sacked Mourinho and backroom staff pocket £20m

Author: Daily Mail
Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho and his backroom staff scooped just shy of an eye-watering £20m when they were sacked by Manchester United, the club's accounts have revealed.

The Old Trafford club announced their financial results for the final quarter of 2018 on Thursday, with huge outgoings to Mourinho at the end of December.

Broadcast revenue was up 38 per cent to £103.7m, while commercial and sponsorship numbers also increased to give the club a rosy financial picture - apart from the huge figures sent Mourinho's way.

Commercial revenue, thanks to new sponsors such as Remington, inched up to £65.9m, although the retail and merchandising part of that equation fell slightly, and matchday proceeds increased by £2.1m (5.7 per cent) on 12 months ago, primarily due to playing one more Champions League game at home.

But the real boost came from broadcasting, up £28.5m (37.9 per cent) to £103.7m, as UEFA's new Champions League broadcasting deal really started to kick in.   

The main talking point of the club's financial results, though, will certainly be centred around payments to Mourinho and six members of his coaching staff when they were sacked on December 18.

The Portuguese was fired after two-and-a-half years, with the team lagging in sixth in the Premier League table.

Since his exit, United have climbed to fourth under the stewardship of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while Mourinho has taken on punditry roles with beIN Sports and Russian network RT.    

United, meanwhile, are forecasting annual revenue to be between £615m and £630m and vice chairman Ed Woodward has spoken of the positivity around the club since Mourinho's departure.

Speaking in light of the financial results, he said: 'The appointment of Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) and Mike (Phelan) as caretaker manager... has had a positive impact throughout the club. 

'We are delighted with the improvement in the team's performances since December.'  

As well as replacing the Mourinho regime with Solskjaer and Phelan, the club also agreed new contracts with Anthony Martial, Ashley Young, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Scott McTominay.

These deals helped lift the club's wage bill for the quarter, which ended on December 31, to £77.9m, an increase of £8.2m (11.8 per cent) on the corresponding period a year ago.