Best manager of World Cup so far gets paid 28 times less than Roy Hodgson

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Mexico coach Miguel Herrera has become one of the sensations of the 2014 World Cup.

It's a status he has won partially through his team's brilliant play in Group A - not least the gripping draw with host nation Brazil, which witnessed one of the performances of the tournament from goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

But Herrera's fame has also come through his amazingly emotional reactions on the sidelines, as demonstrated perfectly in the victory over Croatia which got his men into the last 16 on Monday night:

He doesn't only lose the plot when things go his way, though, as his reaction to Mexico being denied a fairly clear penalty for handball shows nicely:

Great stuff, eh? And all the more so when you compare and contrast to our very own, dear old, Roy Hodgson:

That particular reaction made headway across the internet as "the clip that sums up England's World Cup in six seconds".

You'd need a lot longer than six seconds to sum up Herrera's tournament: the 46-year-old has been the manager of the World Cup so far.

Okay, so you might say that Louis van Gaal is probably the 'best' manager of Brazil 2014, having got his team through the group stage with three wins - but his team's displays have hardly been a surprise, considering that he has the likes of Arjen Robben at his disposal.

The same can't be said of Herrera. Mexico were a shambles when he took over last winter, haveing barely scraped into a play-off for a spot in the tournament. Herrera, who'd just won the Mexican league, was Mexico's fourth manager in the space of a month as he took over after a spate of quickfire sackings.

His impact was immediate: he guided the side safely past New Zealand in the play-off to make it to Brazil, and as we've all seen has since improved them hugely - thanks in no small part to brave decisions such as dropping Javier Hernandez from the starting XI.

Yet his clear flair for management at the international level hasn't been recognised by the national FA. Because, unbelievably, he is the worst-paid manager at the tournament.

Herrera earns just £125,000 a year - still a decent wedge, of course, and a huge improvement on the Mexican national average of £6,000 a year.

But in football terms it's almost an insult. It's 28 times less than Roy Hodgson (who gets £3.5 million a year) and 50 times less than Russia boss Fabio Capello (who gets almost £7m).

But still, eh? Even Ghana's Kwesi Appiah earns more (£150,000 a year); while Herrera's managerial fellow sensation Jorge Luis Pinto, who has masterminded Costa Rica's brilliant World Cup, trousers more than double with his £262,500.

This astonishing graphic from Sporting Intelligence shows the full list (we've blown it up slightly from their original Tweet to make it a little easier to read):

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List of best and worst-paid World Cup coaches

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