Manchester United has revealed that the dismissal of Jose Mourinho and his backroom staffs cost them a fee of almost £20m.
The Portuguese was dismissed on 18 December, with United 17 points behind Liverpool, the Premier League leaders at the time, and they had been eliminated from the Carabao Cupby second division side Derby County.
The English outfit published their accounts for the last three months that reveals the club spent £19.6m to sack Jose Mourinho and his staff in December.
The club’s wage bill for the quarter, which ended on December 31, rose to £77.9 million, an increase of £8.2 million (11.8 per cent) on the corresponding period a year ago while Commercial revenue inched up to £65.9 million, although the retail and merchandising part of that equation fell slightly, and matchday proceeds increased by £2.1 million (5.7 per cent) on 12 months ago, primarily due to playing one more Champions League game at home.
But the real boost came from broadcasting, up £28.5 million (37.9 per cent) to £103.7 million, as UEFA’s new Champions League broadcasting deal really started to kick in.
In a statement, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward said: “The appointment of Ole (Gunnar Solskjaer) and Mike (Phelan) as caretaker manager and assistant manager has had a positive impact throughout the club.
“We are delighted with the improvement in the team’s performances since December and we look forward to a strong finish to the 18/19 season.”