England manager Gareth Southgate to take 30 per cent pay cut

Southgate has been the manager of England since 2016 (PA Images)
15:18pm, Mon 06 Apr 2020
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England manager Gareth Southgate has agreed to take a 30 per cent pay cut as the FA look to negotiate the coronavirus crisis.

The 49-year-old, who has been in charge of the national team for nearly four years, and led them to a first World Cup semi-final in 28 years back in 2018, will see his £3 million salary reduced.

It comes after Bournemouth's Eddie Howe and Brighton's Graham Potter became the first two Premier League managers to offer to have their pay slashed during the pandemic.

Speaking about the decision, the FA's chief executive Mark Bullingham said: "Along with many other organisations across the country, we are currently reviewing our financial model during this challenging period.

"We want to take prudent and appropriate steps to help protect and support the FA and our employees during this unpredictable time."

Other FA employees who earn £50,000 or above per annum will take a 7.5 per cent temporary pay cut, with senior management receiving a 15 per cent reduction.

English football's governing body is also looking at the possibility of using the Government's furlough scheme as a contingency option should the pay cuts not work.

All English football is currently suspended until April 30, although Premier League clubs agreed last week that the competition will not re-start at the beginning of May.

Euro 2020 has been postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus, a move that could allow domestic leagues to complete their seasons.

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