In his career, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has managed Manchester United Under-23s, Molde, Cardiff, Molde again and now Manchester United’s first team – a truly strange career path. He has also never won anything of note, picking up a few Norwegian titles to show for his efforts.
Jurgen Klopp has managed Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, and has won the Bundesliga title twice, as well as the DFB-Pokal – he has proven himself as a top-class boss, and has turned the Reds into a genuine force.
Maurizio Sarri has had a lengthy managerial career spanning 28 years, in which he was able to take Empoli and Napoli to new heights whilst playing an eye-catching style; he also led Chelsea to the Carabao Cup final, earned a third-place finish, and could still win the Europa League with the Blues.
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Unai Emery. A man who has won three Europa League titles, one Ligue 1 success, and the Coupe de France on two occasions.
The point of all this? Solskjaer earns more than all of them.
Solskjaer, a man woefully under-qualified for the Old Trafford hotseat, a job of such magnitude, earns more than some of Europe’s top coaches and managers of real pedigree.
The former United No.20 had declared his current role as his ‘dream job‘ upon his permanent appointment; he was clearly keen to be hired, and nobody else was interested in his services at the time.
United didn’t need to lure him into signing on a permanent basis with more money at all. Why would he demand more in order to get his dream job? More to the point, why would United offer him that much given his lack of experience?
God knows what went on during contract negotiations between Solskjaer and Woodward, but the decision to place him on a better salary than the likes of Klopp, Emery and Sarri seems absurd and completely needless.
Throwing money at people who clearly aren’t worth what they’re being paid is what landed United in the mess they currently find themselves in; this one incident, in isolation, is extremely baffling.