The firing of Ronald Koeman has been one of the most expensive in football history. The Dutch coach, who signed for two seasons, will earn no more and no less than 11.7 million euros after coaching Fútbol Club Barcelona after a year and three months of poor sporting results in which he only achieved one Copa del Rey .
With this compensation, Ronald Koeman will enter fully into the select club of the most expensive layoffs of coaches in the world of football. A list that, according to the newspaper The Sun, leads the Italian coach Antonio Conte, who took 30.6 million euros for his settlement from Chelsea in 2018. Of course, the transalpine at least left a Premier League and an FA Cup in the showcases of the London club.
The Portuguese Jose Mourinho occupies the second and third positions, with a compensation of 22.9 and 21 million after being fired by Manchester United, in 2018, and Chelsea, in 2007, respectively. In his time as a ‘Red Devil’ coach, Mou achieved a Europa League, an FA Cup and a League Cup. On the other hand, in the ‘blue’ team they won two Premier League, an FA Cup, two League Cups and a Community Shield.
Following the Portuguese is Laurent Blanc. The then PSG coach in 2016 was fired receiving a settlement of 19.8 million. The Frenchman left three Leagues, three Cups, three League Cups and one Super Cup in the showcases. In fifth place is Luiz Felipe Scolari, who received 15.9 million from Chelsea after being fired in 2009 within six months of signing.
Sixth on the list is Fabio Capello. The Italian pocketed € 15.6 million from the Russian Federation in 2015 after three years as coach. The seventh most expensive dismissal corresponds to Mauricio Pochettino, who took 14.6 after leaving the position of Tottenham coach in 2019. The Argentine did not achieve any title, although he managed to be second in the Champions League.
In eighth position is Villas Boas. The Portuguese left Chelsea in 2012 with 14 million euros under his arm and without any title. The ninth is Roberto Di Matteo, who was fired from Chelsea, also in 2012, with a severance pay of 12.5 ‘kilos’. Of course, the Italian coach won the first and only Champions League for the English team, as well as an FA Cup.
Ronald Koeman is ranked 10th on a list where seven of the ten most expensive layoffs are handled by the Premier League (five from Chelsea, one from Manchester United and one from Tottenham). The rest correspond to France, the Russian Federation and the Spanish LaLiga.