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The most expensive coaches in football history

In 2008, Manchester City made a move in the market that drew attention, when they signed Mark Hughes as their new technical director for 6.2


In 2008, Manchester City made a move in the market that drew attention, when they signed Mark Hughes as their new technical director for 6.2 million euros. Never before in history had so much been paid for a strategist to reach the bench of a club. More than a decade later this started to ‘catch on’ and now we can do a count of the most expensive technicians in the history of football.

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The following technical signings were made from 2008. The most recent was that of Graham Potter to Chelsea, who will take the place left by Thomas Tuchel. Before him was the controversial case of Negelsman against Bayern Munich, who at his young age is already rubbing shoulders with the best strategists in the world.

  1. Negelsman, from Leipzig to Bayern Munich – 20 million euros
  2. Graham Potter, from Brighton to Chelsea – €18.4m
  3. José Mourinho, from Inter to Real Madrid – 16 million euros
  4. Villas-Boas, from Porto to Chelsea – 15 million euros
  5. Brendan Rodgers, from Celtic to Leicester City – €10.4m
  6. Christophe Galtier, from Nice to PSG – 10 million euros

One of the most remembered moves was that of José Mourinho to Real Madrid. At that time, the Portuguese strategist was considered one of the best coaches in the world and had just won the treble with Inter. He arrived in Madrid with the mission of countering Guardiola’s Barcelona and fulfilled it by lifting a few titles.

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In this 2022 the signing of Graham Potter was made to Chelsea and Christophe Galtier to PSG, two signings that entered the most expensive in history. If football maintains its line of growth in terms of market prices, in the future the signing of coaches could be equal to the signing of star players. For now, it is a reality that this list of the most expensive technicians in history already includes prices that exceed the signing of many footballers.