Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made staggering £26MILLION as Man Utd manager but failed to win trophy and was axed after poor run

OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER made a whopping £26MILLION during his trophyless reign as Manchester United manager.

The former Red Devils hitman was finally given his marching orders by the top brass last weekend following an embarrassing 4-1 defeat to relegation battlers Watford.


Defeat to the Hornets brought about the end of a near three-year stint at the Old Trafford helm for Solskjaer, who was handsomely rewarded for his efforts.

A study conducted by 101 Great Goals – which calculated Premier League managerial payouts over the last ten years – revealed the Norweigan pocketed £26,334,247 during his time as United gaffer.

His hefty earnings equated to a staggering £156,751 per game and £286,242 for every league victory.

Despite earning close to £30m during his time in charge of his old side, the out-of-work Solskjaer isn't the highest-paid Premier League manager of the last ten years.

That honour goes to former United boss Jose Mourinho, who amassed a jaw-dropping £97,674,480 during his stints in charge of Chelsea, Tottenham and the Red Devils.

Mauricio Pochettino – who is on United's shortlist to replace Solskjaer – is second on the list having earned £45,806,84 during his spells managing Southampton and Spurs.

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New Tottenham chief Antonio Conte comes in at third place having pocketed £22,971,507 – despite spending only two seasons in the Prem.

Solskjaer's departure from the Theatre of Dreams has seen former United midfielder Michael Carrick installed as interim manager.

And although his former troops are currently toiling in eighth place in the league, The Baby-Faced Assassin believes he's left them primed for future success.

He said of his spell as manager: "It’s one of those things you dream of in your life.

"When you’ve been a player, when you’ve been a reserve team coach, the next job then, the only dream and the only thing you haven’t done is to manage the club, and I have now,

“It’s been a ball, it’s been absolutely enjoyable from the first to the last minute, so I have to thank all the players because since I came in, they’re top lads, top people.

"Some have come, some have gone, but all of them, they’ve been such an enjoyable bunch to work with.

“First of all, I want to thank the board and the owners for giving me the opportunity because it’s not for everyone and I’ve had the opportunity.

"I’m so honoured and privileged to have been trusted to take the club forward, and I really hope that I leave it in a better state than when I came.

“I’ve made great friends, I’ve reconnected with some great friends, new staff coming in I’ve become really good friends with.

“The other staff that was here when I was there, we’re good friends and we have connected and that’s what it’s about at a club like this.

"With the fans, the fans have been amazing.

"From day one at Cardiff until the last one now. [They’ve been] top, and we’ll see each other again.”

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