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.