Two months after Jose Mourinho was sacked, Manchester United have revealed the massive amount of money it cost them to get rid of the former Chelsea and Real Madrid coach.
The Portuguese tactician took charge of the Old Trafford outfit in May 2016 and got off to an excellent start, winning three trophies – namely the UEFA Europa League, the League Cup and the FA Community Shield – in his first season with the club.
Mourinho, who, in January 2018, signed a contract extension lasting until 2020 with the option of staying at the club for another year, was relieved of his duties in December 2018 following a string of poor results, and was subsequently replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as interim manager.
Many questioned how much United had to pay Mourinho after he was relieved of his duties, and according to the club's latest quarterly financial report, his departure from the club, along with six members of his coaching staff, cost the Red Devils a total of £19.6 million (R354 million) as "compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office".
Despite the former FC Porto coach's sacking, the club posted record revenues in the final three months of 2018, with total earnings of £208.6 million (R3.7 billion), according to United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
"The appointment of Ole and Mike (Phelan) as caretaker manager and assistant manager, working with Kieran (McKenna), Michael (Carrick) and Emilio (Alvarez), has had a positive impact throughout the club," he was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
"We're delighted with the improvement in the team's performances since December and we look forward to a strong finish to the 2018/19 season."
Mourinho was in charge of United for 144 games, winning 84, drawing 31 and losing 29.
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