Alan Pardew has been on the Crystal Palace payroll for 16 months now, with his reign bringing spectacular highs and painful lows in equal measure, but how does his annual salary match up to his fellow Premier League bosses?
The above article details the sum that each and every top flight manager earns at their respective clubs, with some of the numbers mentioned bound to make you shake your head in disbelief.
Unsurprisingly, Arsene Wenger is the highest paid incumbent manager, seeing an astronomical £8.3 million deposited into his personal account by Arsenal every year; a fact that has only served to add fuel to the fire in the campaign to get the Frenchman removed from the dugout at The Emirates. That being said, the incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be paid nearly double the amount Wenger is from the moment he takes control in the North West.
At the other end of the scale, we see Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe and Norwich City’s Alex Neill, who are paid less than £1 million a year; which, although still a lovely sum in the eyes of your everyday punter, pales into relative insignificance when compared to some of Europe’s top earners.
From a Palace perspective, you’ll probably be a little surprised to see where Alan Pardew features in the league table, given the fanfare that surrounded his arrival from Newcastle, particularly when you see the ridiculously high place Rafa Benitez (the man who is now in Pardew’s previous role) occupies on the list; should they indeed go down, they surely won’t be able to retain his services for more than one season?