ESPN: Jose Mourinho received around £15m in pay-off package from Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho received a pay-off package worth around £15m from Manchester United after he was sacked from his position as manager on Tuesday.

The 55-year-old was removed after overseeing the club’s worst ever start to a Premier League season. He was videoed leaving the Lowry Hotel, where he had been staying since moving to Manchester, on Tuesday afternoon, looking decidedly healthier.

There was a consensus forming among supporters and indeed journalists that Man United, having handed Mourinho a fresh contract back in December, just 18 months after he took the job, were reluctant to sack the 55-year-old because it would cost so much. The plan, it seemed, was to wait until top four was no longer possible – just like they did with David Moyes and Louis van Gaal – before pushing the button, thereby making the package cheaper.

But to the shock of everyone, Ed Woodward and the Glazers have made a smart, football-centered decision by pushing the button now, keeping the whole thing totally quiet in the process. And according to Ogden, the severance package for Mourinho is valued at about £15m.

Mourinho looked like the weight of the world had been lifted off his shoulders as he left the Lowry Hotel. He can now treat himself to a decent bottle of wine, and perhaps a holiday somewhere warm and quiet. The man certainly needs it.

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