United reveal Mourinho sacking costs
Posted: 14 February 2019 Time: 15:00
Manchester United have revealed the eye-watering compensation costs needed to relieve Jose Mourinho from his duties as manager of the Premier League club.
The Portuguese boss was dismissed in December after two-and-a-half years at the helm, following a run the culminated in their worst start to a season in 28 years.
In the club's half-yearly results, United list £19.6 million (R355m) under 'exceptional items' for 'compensation to the former manager and certain members of the coaching staff for loss of office'.
Mourinho was sacked along with six members of his coaching team and replaced with caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who led the team to 10 wins in his first 11 games before suffering defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday.
The 56-year-old, along with six members of his technical staff were sacked with immediate effect and replaced with caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer - who brought along Mike Phelan, his former coach during Sir Alex Ferguson's tenure.
Executive vice-chair Ed Woodward declared his delighted with the impact of his new coaching team, who have won 10 games out of 12 across all competitions since replacing the Portuguese tactician.
"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 said.
"We're delighted with the improvement in the team’s performances since December and we look forward to a strong finish to the 18/19 season."
Despite the expense of Mourinho's sacking, United posted record revenues in the final three months of 2018, with total incomings of £208.6m (R3.8bn).