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Research reveals Ireland boss Martin O’Neill’s staggering annual salary

Martin O'Neill, left, with counterpart Michael O'Neill [©INPHO/Morgan Treacy]
Martin O’Neill, left, supposedly earns over three times as much as Michael O’Neill [©INPHO/Morgan Treacy]
MARTIN O’NEILL is in the top ten biggest earners of the managers heading to Euro 2016, according to a study by financial and economic experts Finance Football.

The Republic of Ireland manager earns in the region of €1million a year under his contract with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), with the Boys in Green having played nine games in total in 2015.

That suggests O’Neill earned around €111,000 per game last year, or €83,333 per month, and puts him ninth on the list of top managerial earners of the 24 heading to the tournament in France this summer.

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The research claims his Northern Ireland counterpart – namesake Michael O’Neill – is on a considerably less salary at €320,000, meaning the Republic boss earns over three times as much per annum.

Nonetheless, Northern Ireland’s manager is in a decent position on the list at 13, with England boss Roy Hodgson leading the way on a generous €5m per year, followed by Italy’s Antonio Conte on €4.6m.

One notable inclusion on Finance Football’s list of earners was Russia boss Leonid Slutsky, who manages his national side free of charge.

That revelation is somewhat baffling, considering his predecessor – former England manager Fabio Capello – was once the highest paid manager in world football in the same job.

Meanwhile, Wales boss Chris Coleman ranks 15 on the list, picking up a handy €260,000 per year.


Jamie Casey

Jamie Casey is Sports Editor of The Irish Post. Follow him on Twitter @jamiecasey37

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