Roberto Mancini received the biggest pay-off in British football history when he was sacked by Manchester City.

Original estimates suggested Mancini had been in line for a £7million compensation package, but Sunday Mirror Sport can now reveal the pay-off was in excess of £10m.

The cost of his dismissal was absorbed into the massive salary figure in the Etihad accounts for the year ending May 2013. City paid more than £233m in wages in that period – an annual increase of over £30m – but that included the sum given to Mancini and the staff who left with him last summer.

Now managing Galatasaray, Mancini was only one season into a five-year contract, worth a massive £37m.

A City spokesperson would not confirm the bumper payment and cited confidentiality issues as the reason it was not specifically detailed in the accounts. It certainly helps explain the big jump in wages.