Some of these tacticians have achieved great success, having lifted continental trophies and the World Cup.
The way modern football has surged ahead, footballers and football managers are being paid exorbitant sums of money. It is particularly more pressurizing for managers who are expected to deliver instant results backed by the huge paychecks that they receive. More success brings more responsibility and greater dreams. Higher investments lead to players and especially managers walking a tightrope in their respective jobs. Some of the highest-paid managers in the world take home massive amounts of money for their services. International football in this regard is lacking way behind club football.
There is particularly less pressure on managers of International teams, compared to their club counterparts due to less number of matches being played every year amid the crunch domestic schedule. Unless it comes to a major tournament, national team coaches don’t undergo the same frenzy as club managers do.
But the top footballing nations in the world pay their managers handsomely, and it is safe to say that these managers have been highly successful with their respective nations for the fee that they are paid. Here we take a look at the five highest-paid national team managers in the world(data from Statista)
5. Fernando Santos – €2.25m (£2.04m)
Fernando Santos earns €2.25m a year for his services to the Portuguese Selecao. He led them to their first-ever international title when they shocked tournament favourites and hosts France in the final in extra time. Santos is the oldest among the lot, and his triumph in 2016 led to him being showered with big money.
He led Portugal to qualify for the 2018 World Cup where they were defeated by Uruguay in the Round of 16 stage. Santos continues to be Portugal manager and his team will be defending their crown in Euros next year. He will hope that Portugal’s golden generation led by the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo will put a strong performance once again.
Ever since his appointment, he has maintained a win ratio of 62.16%.
4. Stanislav Cherchesov – €2.6m (£2.36m)
At #4, we have Russia’s head coach Stanislav Cherchesov who is paid a handsome €2.6m a year to lead the Russian team. The 57-year old gave ample proof of his managerial credentials when he led the hosts to the quarterfinals of the 2018 World Cup where they lost to eventual finalists Croatia.
He was appointed after a disappointing Euro 2016 campaign for the Russians and the hopes were high. Cherchesov has previously managed Moscow rivals Dinamo Moscow and Spartak, as well as a host of other clubs in his native Russia where he also spent the majority of his playing career as a goalkeeper.
He has led Russia to the now postponed Euros which will be held next year where the Russians will once again be looking to put on a good show and erase the bad memories of the previous edition. Cherchesov’s wages will put the onus on him to inspire his players to lead from the front.
3. Tite – €3.5m (£3.18m)
Brazil manager Tite comes into the top three in our list and earns €3.5m a year for leading the record world cup winners. The Brazilian has had a managerial career spanning three decades in his native Brazil and across the world.
He was appointed as the Brazil manager in 2016 after a dismal run in the Copa America Centenario for the nine-time champions. He quickly got to work making Brazil the first team to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Brazil were ousted in the quarterfinals of the World Cup by Belgium which led to some doubts on the future of the 2012 Copa Libertadores winner, but he hung on.
The following year, he led Brazil to their 9th Copa America trophy at home winning 3-1 in the final to Peru. Since joining, Tite has posted a win ratio of 71%. He and his team will be defending their title in the upcoming edition of the Copa America slated to happen next year.
2. Didier Deschamps – €3.5m (£3.18m)
A successful player and manager, Didier Deschamps is among a rare breed of football personalities who can claim to have won it all in both departments. He represented Marseille, Juventus, and Chelsea as a player and was the captain of the victorious 1998 France side where he led the likes of Zinedine Zidane and Marcel Desailly that lifted the World Cup at home and the European Championship two years later.
He has also found success as manager on the club level, but it is his managerial feats internationally that have made him one of the best in the business as evident from his takeaway of €3.5m per year for managing Les Bleus. It is safe to say that Deschamps has delivered on his promises.
Since joining in 2012, Deschamps made it to the quarterfinals of 2014, where they were defeated by eventual champions Germany then he missed out on an opportunity to win the Euros at home in 2016 but finally captured the dream when his side lifted the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Deschamps led France to their ultimate dream but there is still one prize left to complete his circle and he will look to go one better from last time by winning the Euros next year with Les Bleus.
He currently has a 66% win rate with France since joining.
1. Joachim Löw – €3.85m (£3.5m)
Among the most famous international managers of all time, Joachim Löw has been a cornerstone of Germany’s successes on the international stage. The German has been leading the national team since 2006 which means he is now the longest-serving head coach of a national team.
Since then, Löw has led Germany to the World Cup in 2014 and the Confederations Cup in 2017. In between, he also led them to the semifinals of Euro 2016 and also the finals of Euro 2008. Löw has maintained a win record of 63.59% in his time with Die Mannschaft and will now look to turn a new leaf after the team endured a calamitous 2018 World Cup where they were shockingly ousted from the group stage.
The former Stuttgart and Fenerbahce manager will be looking to do better in next year’s Euros and justify his class and his annual earnings of €3.85m. He leads the list of the highest-paid football national team managers in the world.