The United States have set aside a budget of up to $10.5m for Jurgen Klinsmann’s bonuses at the World Cup – a figure bigger than Ghana’s entire tournament budget.
A section of the Ghanaian media claimed that USA would spend just $2m for the finals in Brazil, sparking anger in certain quarters in Ghana over the $9m budgeted for the country for the course of the tournament.
That $9m figure is down from a proposed $22m, largely because of a huge public outcry about the cost.
Ghana had a budget of US$19m approved for the 2010 World Cup.
A report in the Washington Post has confirmed that the amount earned by Klinsmann could exceed Ghana’s entire budget for the tournament.
According to the report, Klinsmann will earn between $500,000 and $10.5 million in bonuses depending how far the USA progresses in Brazil.
The bonus system was included in the U.S. Soccer Federation’s accounts for April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2013.
Klinsmann’s base salary is $2.5 million – the largest in USSF coaching history, although not large enough to see him among the top 20 paid managers in the world.