The most expensive contract in the history of the Polish Football Association. How much does coach Fernando Santos make?
The exact value of the contract is unknown. It is known, however, that the earnings of a new coach can reach even several million zlotys a year. During the search for Czesław Michniewicz’s successor, Super Express described that PZPN was ready to pay the new coach even EUR 2.5 million per year, i.e. nearly PLN 12 million. The contract is certainly huge, but the PZPN cannot complain about the finances – according to sport.pl, its annual budget reaches a record PLN 360 million.
Such a salary would mean a record salary that previous selectors could only dream of. Unofficially, it was reported that Czesław Michniewicz earned “only” about 570,000. euros per year.
Santos’ compatriot, Paulo Sousa, received 840,000. euro. In December 2021, the Portuguese, unexpectedly, before the play-offs to the World Cup in Qatar, resigned from the position of coach to accept a job as a coach of the Brazilian club Flamengo Rio de Janeiro. There, he signed a contract worth around 1.2 million euros a year.
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Dear European Champion
What for the current white-and-red coaches was a distant stake, for Fernando Santos is a small increase. The 2016 European champion with the Portuguese national team collected EUR 2.25 million a year. However, he does not stand out as a particularly expensive selector compared to other teams – the highest paid coaches in the championships, that is Hans-Dieter Flick, Gareth Southate if Didier Deschamps could count on earnings of 6.5 million, 5.8 million and 3.8 million euros a year, respectively.
Another Portuguese player considered as a candidate for the head coach of the Polish national team, Paulo Bento, was supposed to earn around EUR 1.35 million in South Korea.
“The authorities of the Polish Football Association conducted advanced talks with Bento, but the contract was not signed,” reported the Portuguese TVI, noting that the coach from Lisbon, who previously led the Portuguese and South Korean national teams, did not reach an agreement with the Polish side.
If Fernando Santos actually earned around EUR 2.5 million, then we could talk about a definitely record-breaking salary for a coach in the history of the Polish national team. So far, this was Leo Beenhakker, who was supposed to receive 900,000. euros per year.
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