The Sunday Mirror says Big Phil's salary alone, which tips the scales at £8m, makes him the highest paid boss in British football.

That leaves his rivals in the shade â€" Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsenal's Arsene Wenger earn some £2m a year less than him.

Scolari, who signed a three-year deal to take over at Stamford Bridge during Euro 2008, admitted the financial package on offer was instrumental in persuading him to vacate his post as Portugal coach.

His bonuses for bringing silverware to Chelsea could bolster his package by up to £6m a season. But failure will come at a heavy price with owner Roman Abramovich demanding success this season.