Top 10 manager payouts ever as Newcastle face £14m fee to hire Brendan Rodgers

Newcastle United's ambitious new owners have certainly made no secret of their lofty ambitions since taking charge – and they've now set their sights on luring Brendan Rodgers to Tyneside.

However, it's since emerged that the current Leicester boss has no interest in making the switch.

If Rodgers had fancied the job of reviving the Magpies' fortunes, then he would have been one of the most expensive managers ever – with a reported £14million buyout clause.

But where would that sum have ranked him when it comes to the biggest payouts ever to secure a manager?

Here, Daily Star Sport takes a look at the ten most expensive managers ever.

Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig to Bayern Munich, £21.7m)

Bayern Munich made headlines this summer when they splashed out a staggering fee in excess of £21m to lure Nagelsmann to Munich.

The 33-year-old was snapped up by the German giants to replace Hansi Flick, with Nagelsmann's old club, RB Leipzig, benefitting from his monstrous release clause.

Nagelsmann had forged a reputation as one of the brightest coaches in the modern game after beginning his coaching career with Hoffenheim back in 2015 at the tender age of just 28.

Tottenham made a desperate late attempt to hijack the move, but Bayern got their man.

Despite paying by far the largest fee ever for a manager, it looks a shrewd move with the Bavarian side already sitting pretty at the top of the Bundesliga.

Andre Villas-Boas (Porto to Chelsea, £13m)

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Villas-Boas followed in the footsteps of Jose Mourinho by jumping from Porto to Chelsea back in 2011.

After steering his old club to success in his native Portugal, Villas-Boas was quickly billed as the second coming of the old Blues boss.

But unfortunately, for him and Chelsea, his spell at Stamford Bridge was nowhere near as successful as Mourinho's.

After failing to mount a serious title challenge, he was sacked after just eight months in London.

That set the trend for the remainder of his career, as the Portuguese boss took on roles at Tottenham, Zenit Saint Petersburg, Shanghai SIPG and Marseille without any real success.

Despite that, he has been tentatively linked with the Newcastle job following their takeover earlier this month.

Brendan Rodgers (Celtic to Leicester, £9.1m)

Perhaps it's no surprise that Newcastle were quoted such an astonishing sum for the Leicester boss when you consider the Foxes paid an extortionate fee in excess of £9m for the ex-Celtic boss.

Leicester swooped for Rodgers in 2019 after he'd steered the Bhoys to two SPLs, two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups during his tenure in Scotland.

And he's helped revive a side who were floundering under predecessor Claude Puel – even leading them to their first-ever FA Cup triumph last May.

Leicester weren't the first side to pay big bucks for Rodgers, with former club Liverpool shelling out £5m to bring him to Anfield from Swansea back in 2012.

Ruben Amorim (Braga to Sporting Lisbon, £8.6m)

Sporting Lisbon head coach Amorim cost the Portuguese side a handsome £8.6m sum back in March 2020.

Sporting were more than happy to pay the substantial amount to snap up the 36-year-old – despite him managing just 13 games of top-flight football before he was handed the job.

The ex-Portugal ace was given the top job at Braga in 2019 and certainly made a big impression during his short stint in charge.

Sporting's decision to spend big on Amorim certainly paid off, as he led them to their first domestic title in 19 years last term.

Jose Mourinho (Inter Milan to Real Madrid, £7m)

Mourinho had already cost Chelsea a cool £5m back in 2004 a few years before Real Madrid came calling for the Portuguese boss when he was at Inter Milan.

Mourinho guided Inter to two Scudetto's and Champions League glory during his two-year stay in Italy, but the La Liga giants swooped shortly after.

Real splashed out an eye-watering £7m to secure the services of one of the most sought-after managers in world football back when Mourinho was at the height of his powers a decade ago.

He enjoyed a trophy-laden spell in Madrid before returning to Stamford Bridge to continue his Chelsea love affair.

Since his second dismissal, Mourinho has had spells at Manchester United and Tottenham before linking up with AS Roma this summer.

Ronald Koeman (Southampton to Everton, £5m)

Current Barcelona boss Koeman cost Everton a £5m sum when they nicked the Dutchman from Southampton back in 2016.

After penning a three-year contract at Goodison Park, Koeman was handed one of the largest budgets in the Merseyside club's history – but he failed to bring any success to the Toffees.

And he came to a sticky end just over a year after he arrived with Everton languishing in the Premier League relegation zone.

Koeman spent two years in charge of the Netherlands national team before linking up with old club Barcelona last year.

It remains to be seen how much longer he'll be at the Nou Camp though with pressure rising on him after a poor start to the La Liga season.

Maurizio Sarri (Napoli to Chelsea, £5m)

Sarri was the latest in a long list of names that Chelsea have splashed mega-money on over the years.

The chain-smoking veteran was lured to Stamford Bridge from Napoli for a £5m sum in 2018.

He agreed to a three-year deal to replace fiery Italian Antonio Conte.

Sarri had built up a reputation for attractive football during his time in Serie A, but he endured a rocky relationship with Blues fans throughout his year-long stint in London.

Sarri departed to take charge of Juventus just days after guiding the Blues to Europa League glory in his old season in charge.

Mark Hughes (Blackburn to Manchester City, £5m)

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Following City's takeover by Sheikh Mansour over a decade ago, City paid Blackburn a huge £5m for Hughes.

The ex-Manchester United player was billed with mounting a title challenge at the Etihad and was handed a substantial war chest to realise City's golden ambitions.

But he lasted just 18 months in the blue half of Manchester before he was dismissed – with his replacement, Roberto Mancini, taking City to the next level.

Since being ditched by City, Hughes has gone on to hold managerial roles at Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Southampton.

Frank Lampard (Derby County to Chelsea, £4m)

Chelsea legend Lampard returned to Stamford Bridge tasked with rebuilding the Blues following a successful stint at Derby County.

The Blues had been hit with a transfer ban prior to Lampard's arrival, with owner Roman Abramovich forking out £4m for the ex-midfielder to galvanise the club in the coming months.

Lampard had only spent one season in management prior to his arrival, although he did steer Derby to the Championship play-off final and to within a whisker of Premier League football.

After a successful first year in charge, Lampard was ruthlessly dismissed earlier this year following a disappointing second campaign.

His replacement, Thomas Tuchel, transformed the tentative side that Lampard left behind – and even managed to guide them to Champions League glory.

Marco Silva (Watford/unattached to Everton, £4m)

Silva's switch from Watford to Everton was one of the most long-running managerial sagas in Premier League history.

The Hornets reported Everton for an illegitimate approach for their old boss, who was eventually dismissed after a nightmare run.

Despite being unattached at the time of his appointment by the Toffees, Everton agreed to pay out £4m to Watford to secure his services.

Unfortunately, Silva ended up being dismissed again by Everton after just 18 months at the helm.

Silva returned to management this summer with Championship side Fulham.

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