The Portuguese marketing agency ‘Futebol Finance’ have published their list of the top coaching salaries in the game and maybe no surprise that Mourinho comes out on top with a ‘Special One’ of £8.4 million a year.

Others such as Barcelona’s Pep Guardiola, and Guus Hiddink, who recently joined the mad world of certain cash rich Russian clubs with Anzhi Makhachkala, are predictably up there in joint second with salaries of £6.3m.

Outside of the top handful it is no surprise that what some would say is the equally mad world of the English Premier League heavily features, with EIGHT of  the top fourteen spaces occupied by English based managers.

Mancini and Ferguson head that group of eight followed by Dalglish, Wenger, Redknapp, Moyes, Hughes, O’Neill, with Villa’s McLeish in at number twenty, which makes it nine English Premier League managers.

So Mark Hughes’ wait for the club with the right kind of ‘ambition’ has paid off, similarly Martin O’Neill has been rewarded for waiting to manage the club ‘he supported as a boy’….

Back on the home front we are left to ponder where Alan Pardew figures in the list of best (worst?) paid managers? In fact I’m left pondering where he might stand even amongst the twenty in the Premier League. Hand on heart the only one I could be confident about is that he’ll be better paid than caretaker Terry Connor at Wolves.

You might say ‘well he was lucky to get the Newcastle job with his recent CV outside the top division’ but nobody can deny what a success he’s been so far and just like a Tiote or Krul, you might come in at a certain level but once you’ve proved yourself you get rewarded and……more importantly, it helps protect the club from vultures circling.

I always remember Sir Bobby Robson reminiscing about his old school chairman at Ipswich who always insisted Bobby was paid more than the best paid player because the manager was the most important person in the set-up.

It might be a push to suggest Mike Ashley pays Pardew more than Coloccini but surely the time has come for Ashley to make maybe his most important signing to date by suitably rewarding his manager.

Otherwise we might have one of the ‘big’ clubs like the mackems or QPR knocking at our door.