After taking over Saudi side Al Ettifaq, Steven Gerrard becomes the fourth highest paid manager in professional football with a staggering £15.2m a year salary.
The former Aston Villa manager moved to Saudi club, and has now put pen to paper for a three-year deal with the Saudi Pro League club.
Gerrard is one of many well-known players and coaches to have relocated to the Middle East in recent months, as Saudi clubs have started paying European stars eye-popping amounts ever since Cristiano Ronaldo signed a £172 million contract in January.
The Sun reports that the Liverpool legend is now the fourth-highest-paid manager in the world, just behind Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool ($16 million), Pep Guardiola ($20 million), and Diego Simeone of Atletico Madrid ($30 million).
The former midfielder was fired by Aston Villa at the beginning of the 2022–23 season after they had won only two of their first 12 games.
After he was fired, the Villans were managed by former Arsenal manager Unai Emery, who guided them to a seventh-place finish and qualification for the Europa League.
With nearly 500 appearances for Liverpool, Steven Gerrard is recognised as one of the best midfielders of all time.
Jordan Henderson, the captain of Liverpool, has been targeted by the Saudi club Al-Ettifaq as one of their first recruits under Gerrard’s supervision, with a deal worth £700k per week.
With Saudi owners trying to convince more European players to join the Saudi Pro League, Steven Gerrard’s new job will serve as motivation for more British players to make the move to the Gulf state this summer.