The FA will reduce pay by 30% for some of its highest earners, including England manager Gareth Southgate, as it battles to plug a £150million hole in its finances brought about by coronavirus.
Further measures including the furloughing of some staff are not being ruled out amid what chief exectuive Mark Bullingham describes as “extraordinary and challenging times”.
Top earners at the English game’s governing body have committed to pay cuts of up to 30% whilst senior management will reduce their salaries by 15%. Anyone paid over £50,000 a year will also take a temporary reduction of 7.5%.
Southgate and England Women’s manager Phil Neville are among those who will see the most significant reduction in pay with Bullingham noting the significant impact of last month’s cancelled England friendlies and the postponed sixth round of the FA Cup on England’s finances.
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“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,” Bullingham said.
“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. The less money we generate, the less flows back into the game. For example, we will generate less for community pitches or Wildcat centres across England. It’s that simple.
“We’ve taken an immediate and significant financial impact due to the postponement of England internationals, Emirates FA Cup matches and Wembley events, and there is currently no clear timescale on when they will return. The total financial impact is currently forecast to be around £100million, but it could easily exceed £150million depending on the duration of the Government’s…