Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis has been given a £1 million bonus for the last year despite the Gunners failing to win any trophies – and the club’s supporters are far from happy.
According to the Daily Mail, the windfall makes Gazidis the second-highest paid football executive in the world behind Manchester United’s Ed Woodward, with his annual salary at almost £2.7 million.
The massive fee looks even more remarkable when you consider Arsenal’s lack of success on the pitch, with the club waiting for their first league title since 2004.
Last season, Arsenal finished second in the Premier League, were knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round, were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16 and failed to make it past the last eight in the FA Cup.
Does that sound worthy of a big bonus to you? This lot don’t seem to think so:
Ivan Gazidis literally makes me feel sick
— Patrick D'Angelo (@AFCDangelo) October 4, 2016
So Gazidis got £1m bonus for overseeing a bottle job season last year? If he has any pride he'll be passing that to the Arsenal Foundation.
— Grampian Gooner (@GrampianGooner) October 4, 2016
Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis nets £1m annual bonus despite lack of trophies
— red11.org (@red11_org) October 4, 2016
— Anil Singh (@AnilS129) October 4, 2016
Wow a 1mill bonus for Gazidis making his total earnings for the year up to June 2016 a eye watering £2,649m !!! FOR WHAT I might ask ?
— @theendofmytether (@starbuck1957) October 4, 2016
Gazidis got a 1m payrise but has made a mess of club finances. He didn't hedge against the rise of the Euro & made average commercial deals https://t.co/aikUplbE4c
— Bossa (@chn_arsenal) October 4, 2016
Carry on losing! https://t.co/VlD3Yh3mtu
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) October 4, 2016
@nwaocfi Arsenal chief exec Gazidis bags £1m bonus despite lack of trophies
Another reason why AW remains comfortable while under achieving
— Niyi Aladesulu (@S9per) October 4, 2016
Kroenke and Gazidis need to leave my club now. I had to give up my ST a few years back because it cost so much. 10x as much as Bayern munich
— Fin (@IwobiWanKanobe) October 3, 2016
What do you think? Should fans be this unhappy? Or are wages like this just a fact of big business in the modern world?