With Unai Emery's potential move to become manager of Newcastle United reportedly off, the Villarreal boss may miss out on the chance to become one of the world's highest-paid managers.
The Spaniard had reportedly demanded a salary of £7million-a-year to takeover at St. James' Park and replace former boss Steve Bruce.
This would have made the former Arsenal manager the joint-seventh best paid manager in the world according to Financial Sports, drawing him level with Bayern Munich's Julian Nagelsmann.
New Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has already entered the top 10 following his appointment, but who else is in the top 10 highest-paid managers in the world?
10. Carlo Ancelotti – £5million
Real Madrid were able to lure Carlo Ancelotti back to the club in the summer after he had spent a year and a half in charge of Everton.
In the process, they made the Italian the 10th highest-paid manager in world football with an annual salary of £5million.
Since returning for a second spell as boss, he has lost just once in the league as his side sit in second place in La Liga, one point off leaders Real Sociedad with a game in hand.
9. Thomas Tuchel – £5.5million
Reigning European champion manager Thomas Tuchel earns £5.5million-per-year as manager of Chelsea, having been appointed by the club in January.
He has also won the UEFA Super Cup with the Blues and they are currently top of the Premier League after 10 matches this season.
In addition, he so far has a staggering 70% win rate as Chelsea boss and is contracted with the club until the summer of 2024.
8. Mauricio Pochettino – £6million
Tuchel's replacement at his former club Paris Saint-Germain, Mauricio Pochettino, is one place higher than him on this list.
The Argentine boss earns £500,000 more than Tuchel each year and lifted the Coupe de France in his first season in charge.
Pochettino's side are one of the favourites to win the Champions League this season with a squad containing Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar.
7. Julian Nagelsmann – £7million
Bayern Munich reportedly had to pay just under £22million in order to prize Julian Nagesmann away from their Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig.
Nagelsmann was appointed in the summer as the replacement for Hansi Flick, who had left the club to become Germany manager.
The 34-year-old has made a solid start at his new club with them sitting top of the Bundesliga after 10 matches as they chase a 10th title in a row.
6. Massimiliano Allegri – £7.5million
Juventus were unable to clinch 10 Serie A titles in a row last year, and as a result turned to their former manager Massimiliano Allegri in an attempt to wrestle the title back off Inter Milan.
Allegri is understood to be earning £7.5million-per-year since returning to the Old Lady but the club have made a stuttering start domestically this season.
After 11 matches, they are in ninth place in the table and had been in the bottom three earlier in the campaign having failed to win any of their first four matches.
5. Jurgen Klopp – £9million
The third German head coach in the top 10, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is paid £9million-per-year under his current contract, which expires in 2024.
Klopp has suggested that he will leave Liverpool when his deal runs out and that he will not sign new terms to extend his stay with the Reds.
Since being appointed in 2015, Klopp has guided Liverpool to their sixth Champions League win and their first league title in three decades.
4. Jose Mourinho – £11million
Roma manager Jose Mourinho has been one of the world's most iconic manager of the last 20 years with his spells in charge of Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
Having been dismissed by Spurs in April of this year, Mourinho returned to Italy after 11 years away to takeover from Paulo Fonseca at Roma.
He is reportedly being paid £11million-per-year by the capital club but a recent 6-1 defeat to Norwegian champions Bodo/Glimt has raised doubts over his future.
3. Diego Simeone – £12.5million
In his 10 years as manager of Atletico Madrid, Diego Simeone has guided the club to two La Liga titles and two Europa League triumphs.
He has also taken Atleti to two Champions League finals, both of which ended in painful defeats to city rivals Real.
Simeone's success as Atletico coach has seen him rewarded financially, as he is understood to earn £12.5million-per-year.
2. Antonio Conte – £13million
New Spurs boss Conte has soared into second place following his appointment as the London club's new manager on Tuesday.
His reported annual earnings of £13million also make him the second highest-paid manager in the Premier League.
The Italian arrives at Spurs with an impressive CV after title wins with Juventus and Chelsea in the past as well as Inter's first in 11 years last season.
1. Pep Guardiola – £19.5million
Conte's annual earnings are still someway short of the world's highest-paid manager, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, who earns just shy of £20million.
The Spaniard replaced Manuel Pellegrini at the Etihad Stadium in 2016 and has enjoyed unparalleled success as City manager.
His five seasons in charge have delivered three league titles, one FA Cup, four League Cups and a maiden Champions League final appearance earlier this year.
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