Otto Addo: How Much Salary Will New Ghana Coach Earn After Quitting Dortmund for Black Stars

Otto Addo: How Much Salary Will New Ghana Coach Earn After Quitting Dortmund for Black Stars

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
March 17, 2024 at 11:58 AM
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  • Otto Addo is the highest-paid Ghana coach since Avram Grant
  • Grant took home a hefty paycheck of $50,000 as Ghana coach
  • Addo, the new Ghana coach, has signed a 34-month contract

Otto Addo has been re-appointed as the head coach of Ghana's senior men's national football team, the Black Stars.

The 48-year-old is returning to lead the football-craze West African nation after previously stepping down following the team's elimination from the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Otto Addo, Ghana, Avram Grant, highest-paid, Black Stars, GFA.
Otto Addo is the highest-paid Ghana coach since Avram Grant. Photos by Thomas Trutschel and Dan Mullan.
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During his first stint as Ghana boss, Addo served on an interim basis, during which he managed four wins, four draws, and four defeats in 12 matches while also fulfilling duties as a trainer scout at Borussia Dortmund.

His return, however, marks a more permanent commitment, as he has signed a 34-month contract with the option for a further 24 months.

Unfortunately, his first game in his second coming did not go as planned as the Black Stars of Ghana stumbled to a 2-2 defeat against their West African rivals, Nigeria, in an international friendly dubbed the Jollof Derby.

Otto Addo receives high praise from GFA boss

Despite a litany of coaches applying for the then-vacant Ghana role, Addo's compelling performance during the interview process impressed the decision-makers, including Kurt Edwin Simeon-Okraku, the president of the Ghana Football Association (GFA), who has praised Addo's qualifications for the role.

"Otto was exceptional in the interview process and was rated highly by the search committee, hence the decision,” Okraku conveyed to as cited by Ghanaweb.
"There were some brilliant individuals among the coaches who applied for the job, so the committee took the pain to interview a chunk of them to pick their thoughts on their intentions to transform the team within a short period of time due to our peculiar situation."
"The Committee was overly satisfied with Otto’s performance, for which reason he was recommended to the Executive Council for approval," Okraku added.

Addo's return to the helm of the four-time African champions follows the dismissal of Chris Hughton as manager due to Ghana's disappointing performance at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which saw the team exit in the group stage.

Addo's first assignment as new Ghana coach

His reinstatement aligns with the upcoming international friendlies against Uganda and Nigeria in March, which will mark his first assignments.

The former Nordsjaelland assistant manager would aim to kick off his tenure with victories to gain the support of the nation despite facing opposition from a significant portion of the populace regarding his return.

While the GFA considered various factors before the ex-Dortmund trainer scout's re-appointment, including his coaching abilities, a key deliberation was the financial aspect of the arrangement.

How much will Otto Addo earn as Ghana's coach?

Otto Addo has become the highest-earning coach for Ghana since Avram Grant.

Grant, the former Chelsea and West Ham manager who led Ghana from 2014 to 2017, earned $50,000 per month during his tenure.

Following the Israeli tactician's departure, Ghana appointed five different coaches, none of whom received a salary of $50,000 or higher until Addo assumed the position, according to Ghanaian journalist Muftawu Nabila.

Name of coach


Time spent as coach

Otto Addo


From March 2024 to TBD

Chris Hughton


February 2023 to January 2024

Milovan Rajevac


September 2021 to January 2022

Charles Kwabla Akonnor


January 2020 to September 2021

James Kwesi Appiah


April 2017 to January 2020

Avram Grant


November 2014 to February 2017

Addo names squad for March friendlies

Sports Brief also reported that Mohammed Kudus and Andre Ayew have been included in coach Otto Addo's 26-man squad for Ghana's upcoming friendly matches against Nigeria and Uganda.

The Black Stars are set to face the Super Eagles on March 22 at the Grande de Marrakech stadium in Morocco, followed by a match against the Ugandan Cranes four days later at the same venue.

Addo aims to use these matches as an opportunity to evaluate Ghana's performance ahead of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resuming in June.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.
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