England boss Gareth Southgate to sacrifice £225k wages as FA expect to lose massive £150m due to coronavirus pandemic – The Sun

GARETH SOUTHGATE is to take a £225,000 pay cut as the FA faces financial calamity in the coronavirus pandemic.

English football's governing body, which is a a not-for-profit organisation, has revealed they could lose £150million in the crisis.

High earners inside the FA are to take wage deductions worth between 7.5 per cent and 30 per cent of their income.

A statement released on Monday spelled out how some staff may be furloughed amid the loss of revenue from Euro 2020 being delayed, other England games being postponed, and the cancellation of all events at Wembley during the lockdown.

According to The Times, national team boss Southgate earns £3m-a-year and his 30 per cent cut, worth £225,000, will be enacted for at least three months and then reviewed.

Taking 15 per cent reductions are England women's manager Phil Neville, on a contract worth £300,000-a-year, men's senior team assistant Steve Holland and Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd.

FA chairman Greg Clarke and Mark Bullingham, named CEO in March of last year, are reportedly taking 25 per cent pay cuts.

The statement from Bullingham read: "We are proposing that all employees earning £50,000 or more per annum will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5 per cent.

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"In the spirit of those on higher salaries taking the greater responsibility, the Senior Management team have agreed to cut their pay by 15 per cent with the highest earners in the organisation agreeing to reduce their pay by up to 30 per cent.

"We are also looking into what options are available to us through the Government’s furlough scheme as a contingency plan, while we continue to plan for the return of football, once it is safe to do so.

"These are extraordinary and challenging times and we do not take these decisions lightly."

Southgate, who took charge in 2016 after a spell as U21s manager, is said to have volunteered for the pay cut to help ease the FA's financial issues.

While income from the delayed Euros will eventually be recovered, the cancellation of other events planned for Wembley in the summer of 2021 are more irreparable.

Therefore furlough money is reportedly to be used for around 10 per cent of the FA's 1,000-strong workforce.

Bullingham's statement added: "While we want to do whatever we can as an organisation to help the national effort, we're also doing what we can to protect jobs within our organisation.

"As a not-for-profit governing body, we're responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game. All of our profits are invested back into English football to support and grow the game for all.

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