José Mourinho's sacking on Tuesday will reportedly cost the Old Trafford board €26m. David Moyes' contract ran until 2019 and he left with €6.25m in his pocket.
“People say I am in danger of losing my job, but I don’t think so. Do you know how much they will have to pay me if they sack me?” José Mourinho said in September.
With the Portuguese having faced that fate on Tuesday, Manchester United will now have to dig deep to pay him the remainder of his contract, a figure which reportedly stands at 26 million euros.
Added to his payouts from Chelsea, Mourinho has done very nicely out of being sacked since he arrived in the Premier League in 2004. When he was first ousted by the Stamford Bridge board in 2007 he left with a cheque for 25.7 million euros and at the end of his second spell in West London he was paid 11.4 million euros to clear his desk.
United's search for Ferguson's heir continues
The bench at Old Trafford has been seeking a long-term successor to Sir Alex Ferguson ever since the legendary manager stepped down at the end of the 2012-13 season after 27 years in charge.
His first anointed heir was David Moyes, who had the backing of Ferguson and the board but did not last a single season at Old Trafford. The Scot was handed a payoff of 6.25 million euros, a snip given that United had seen fit to hand him a contract running until 2019.
Between Moyes and Mourinho came Louis van Gaal, who was sacked two years into a three-year deal despite winning the FA Cup in his final season, and interim coach Ryan Giggs, who was long touted for the top job but had to settle for four games at the end of the 2013-14 season and recorded two wins, a draw and a loss before going on to manage Wales several years later after serving as assistant under Van Gaal.