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Man United paid $25M to fire Mourinho

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 22: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during a press conference ahead of their UEFA Champions League Group H match against Juventus at Aon Training Complex on October 22, 2018 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

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It’s not like Jose Mourinho has been hurting for money, even with a $2.2M court-ordered fine, but he’ll probably be fairly comfortable in waiting for his next gig.

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Sky Sports reports that Manchester United was forced to pay the Portuguese manager and his staff more than $25 million when it fired him in December.

The most significant portion of that sum, of course, will have gone to the man himself.

Mourinho had been linked with a job at Portuguese giants Benfica, but instead is biding his time and hosting a new Russian TV show.

The Manchester Evening News lists goalkeeping coach Emilio Alvarez as the only member of Mourinho hires to remain with United after the managerial shake-up, with those fired including “senior goalkeeping coach Silvino Louro, opposition scout Ricardo Formosinho, fitness coaches Stefano Rapetti and Carlos Lalin and analyst Giovanni Cera.”

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