Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and on these very pages I wrote an article detailing the grotesque story that emerged of Premier League chief Richard Scudamore being handed a £5m golden handshake payment following his decision to step down after two decades. But in contrast to some of the news in the Premier League his bonus seems like short change.
Take Mark Hughes who keeps failing at clubs and getting chances where other better managers are missing out on Premier League jobs. He was reported to have received £6m when Southampton sacked him earlier this season, and yet Hughes was not at The Saints for two decades like Scudamore.
The bigger story is left to the bigger fish, the one and only Jose Mourinho who has received or will receive a reported £15m after being sacked from Manchester United. The blame must go on the shoulders of United’s vice chairman Ed Woodward who gave Mourinho a contract extension at the beginning of 2018, which resulted in this pay off. Some outlets put the figure much higher at £22m, whatever the total amount, Mourinho has been paid at least 3 times the figure of Scudamore for failing.
At least Scudamore can claim not to have failed in his job and whilst his payment from he outside feels unjustified to the person in the street he has been able to grow the Premier League into what it is today. Sure its not all roses- mostly the same teams win the title. But anyone that wants to question Scudamore’s great job need only look at Italy’s Serie A. A one great league that is now a shambles of concrete stadiums, racist abuse to players and fans and hardly family friendly. Perhaps Scudamore’s next role should be in Italy, the man has the golden touch that cannot be denied.
Could Hughes or Mourinho claim the same? What type of legacy did they leave at their clubs? And yet they were paid handsomely well and no fan was ready to protest their pay offs like people did with Scudamore’s £5m which feels like petty cash given that he has injected billions into the very same teams that these fans support.
So whilst being paid two times your salary as a bonus does not feel right it must be taken in the context of the sport of football which is locked and loaded with money one thing is for sure and that is at least in the context of the crazy world that is football Scudamore earned his pay off.