The most expensive managers in history after Julian Nagelsmann’s move to Bayern have shattered the record
Julian Nagelsmann is now without a doubt the most expensive coach in history after Bayern Munich paid RB Leipzig £ 21.7 million to hire him as their new manager.
The Nagelsmann conquest blows the previous record amount for a manager, who has stood for 10 years, with an astonishing £ 8.5 million out of the water.
The 33-year-old is widely regarded as one of the most promising young managers in world football and has also caught the attention of Tottenham, who is currently looking to replace Jose Mourinho on a permanent basis.
Nagelsmann, who made a name for himself as an exciting, progressive coach at Hoffenheim and then Leipzig, will take over the Bayern boss on July 1 after Hansi Flick agreed to quit his contract to quit for Germany.
After Bayern agreed to pay a staggering amount of compensation, Sportsmail looks back at the top 10 most expensive managers’ acquisitions in recent memory – and you might be shocked by who’s playing.
Julian Nagelsmann will join Bayern Munich next season after a £ 21.7 million deal has been agreed
Frank Lampard: £ 4 million
With Chelsea’s ever-spinning merry-go-round, it’s no surprise they play a bit of a theme on this list.
When Frank Lampard first became manager at Derby in 2018, it was always a matter of when and not if he would take over the club where he achieved legendary status as a player.
And it was perhaps that sentimental relationship that convinced Chelsea to pay £ 4 million to hire Lampard in July 2019, after only one season as a manager.
Chelsea paid Derby £ 4 million to appoint Lampard as their new manager in 2019
Lampard replaced Maurizio Sarri, who had left for Juventus, under difficult circumstances at Chelsea under a transfer embargo.
The ex-Blues midfielder earned high praise for negotiating that issue to deliver Champions League football while promoting and developing the younger players on his squad in his first season in charge.
This campaign didn’t go to plan, however, despite Chelsea’s £ 250 million in the summer, and Lampard was fired early this year.
Maurizio Sarri, Brendan Rodgers, Mark Hughes and Ronald Koeman: £ 5 million
Chelsea had made a lot of money to Maurizio Sarri the season before hiring Lampard, paying Napoli over £ 5 million to buy him out of his contract.
Despite the hefty fee, Sarri was gone in a flash and lasted less than 12 months despite winning the Europa League.
Surprisingly, the amount Chelsea paid for Sarri is the same amount Manchester City paid for Mark Hughes thirteen years ago.
Chelsea and Everton paid £ 5 million to hire Maurizio Sarri (left) and Ronald Koeman (right)
The £ 5 million Blackburn received for Hughes was a world record at the time and came shortly after City was acquired by Abu Dhabi United Group Investment.
Hughes, who replaced Sven-Goran Eriksson and signed Robinho for a UK record of £ 32.5 million, took 18 months to be replaced.
Liverpool also paid £ 5 million to acquire Brendan Rodgers from Swansea in 2012, while their Merseyside rivals Everton parted ways with the same amount only to snatch Ronald Koeman from Southampton four years later.
Mark Hughes was picked for the same amount when he became the first boss of Man City’s wealthy owners
Brendan Rodgers also cost Liverpool £ 5 million when they squeezed him away from Swansea
Jose Mourinho: £ 5.2 million
This was one of the few times Chelsea opened their checkbook and got a manager who increased their spending tenfold.
Jose Mourinho arrived on these shores in 2004 as the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ after Chelsea paid Porto £ 5.2m to take their Champions League-winning coach, and he lived up to his name.
During his first stint with the club, which spanned from 2004 to 2007, Mourinho won two Premier League titles, two League Cups and an FA Cup with a win rate of 67.03.
Under Mourinho’s tenure, Chelsea transformed into the best team in the country, and those three years were widely regarded as the best club of Roman Abramovich’s golden age.
The Portuguese boss left after a hugely successful three years to take over Inter Milan and would eventually return to the club in 2013.
Chelsea spent just over £ 5m to hire Jose Mourinho from Porto which turned out to be a bargain
Jose Mourinho: £ 6.9 million
In 2010, Mourinho was at the height of his managerial powers and widely regarded as the best in the world.
He had won the Champions League with Porto, enjoyed an enchanted spell at Chelsea and just led Inter Milan to a historic treble.
Real Madrid wanted a Galatico-esque manager for their squad of expensive, world-famous players.
They needed to look no further than Mourinho, who fitted the picture perfectly and was seen as someone who could help Barcelona’s growing dominance in Spain.
Madrid paid Inter Milan £ 6.9 million to get Mourinho on board, and although he won every cup he had to offer in Spain in his three years at Bernabeu, his time there is not fondly remembered by fans.
Mourinho went for a lot of money again when he exchanged Inter Milan for Real Madrid in 2010
Ruben Amorim: £ 8.6 million
Here’s one for the books – Ruben Amorim had only played 13 top matches when he became the second most expensive manager in history at the time!
The little-known 36-year-old has built a favorable reputation in Portugal and is on the cusp of winning the league title this season with Sporting CP.
Amorim got his first top job at Braga in 2019 and had an amazing run that convinced Sporting to spend a lot on him last year.
Ruben Amorim joined Sporting for a whopping £ 8.6 million after managing just 13 top matches
In his first match under Braga’s leadership, he led them to a 7-1 victory before winning the Portuguese League Cup, claiming victories over Porto, Sporting and Benfica.
Sporting paid £ 8.6 million for Amorim last March – becoming their fourth manager in a turbulent season – but has since stabilized the ship and added a new League Cup to his collection.
He has a remarkable win rate of more than 70 percent and has led Sporting to first place in the league with a six-point lead over Porto in second place. Last month, he signed a three-year extension and reportedly now has a £ 26 million buyout clause. Could he someday overshadow Nagelsmann’s record?
He has already delivered cup success and is on the verge of winning the league this season
Brendan Rodgers: £ 8.8 million
Like Mourinho, Brendan Rodgers appears twice in this list.
Which is somewhat creepy when you consider that Rodgers cut his teeth under Mourinho during their time together at Chelsea.
The Northern Irishman was on the cusp of winning the treble-treble in Scotland with Celtic when he decided to jump off mid-season to join Leicester.
Rodgers had won seven of seven trophies at Celtic and set a British record of 69 unbeaten appearances, but decided the timing was right to return to England.
There were other options, but in the end, Leicester’s team of promising young players persuaded Rodgers to take the job, paying the club £ 8.8 million.
The 48-year-old has done a fantastic job since taking the helm, with his Leicester side in the FA Cup final and closing a top-four finish.
Leicester paid nearly £ 9 million to bring in Brendan Rodgers after his successful spell at Celtic
Andre Villas-Boas: £ 13.3 million
Andre Villas-Boas would be the next Mourinho and Chelsea quickly snapped him up in 2011 for a whopping £ 13.3 million.
Villas-Boas was only 33 at the time and had just led Porto to a famous quadruple, winning the league, cup, Super Cup and Europa League and unbeaten domestically all season.
The Portuguese boss came up with a huge promise, but turned out to be a costly mistake.
Boas fell victim to Abramovich’s brutal recruiting policy at Chelsea, which lasted just nine months before being shown the door.
Chelsea turned Andre Villas-Boas into the most expensive boss ever when they paid £ 13.3 million in 2011