By Kris Voakes | International Football Correspondent
There are many reasons why Antonio Conte’s appointment as Italy coach should cause a stir, but one notable issue that some have overlooked is the new national boss’ pay packet.
The 45-year-old, who quit as Juventus boss in July after winning three league championships in three seasons, has signed a two-year deal worth up to €9.2 million to become the successor to Cesare Prandelli.
Conte will take home €4.1m per annum, with as much as €500,000 a year being added in bonuses, making him the second-highest earner in international coaching.
The leader of the pack is another Italian and a fellow former Juve coach, Russia boss Fabio Capello.
Capello, whose mega pay-packet for leading England between 2008 and 2012 attracted a lot of attention, is being paid €9m a year to lead the next World Cup hosts. And all this despite his side’s failure to pick up a win in their short-lived campaign in the 2014 event in Brazil this summer.
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His successor as England boss is also doing well for himself, with Roy Hodgson collecting €4.5m a year until 2016. He too had a difficult World Cup, with the Three Lions suffering a group stage exit too, but the FA have agreed to keep the well-paid 67-year-old in the job until the next European Championship.
Germany’s world champion coach Joachim Low comes in fourth with a wage of €2.8m, while new Brazil boss Dunga has been handed a €2.5m annual deal to try to take the Selecao on from their embarrassing exit from the World Cup to Low’s side in the semi-finals.
USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann is the sixth best-paid international coach, with his €1.9m salary being largely justified by his side’s encouraging progress in Brazil, while France’s Didier Deschamps comes in just shy with a €1.8m pay packet.
With Conte being paid so highly compared to the likes of Low, Deschamps, Dunga, Spain's former world champion and current European king Vicente Del Bosque and new Argentina boss Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, the pressure will be on from day one for the ex-Italy international to prove he is worth every cent.Follow Kris Voakes on