England manager Gareth Southgate has taken a 30% pay cut as the Football Association considers the government’s furlough scheme as a contingency plan during the coronavirus pandemic.
Southgate reportedly earns £3m a year and is one of the FA’s highest earners who has agreed to the reduction as they seek to deal with the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 crisis.
Meanwhile, employees who earn £50,000 or more per year will make do with a temporary pay-cut of 7.5% while senior management will earn 15% less.
In a statement, the FA predicted that the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup games and Wembley events would cost £100m, but it “could easily exceed £150m depending on the duration of the government’s necessary medical measures”.
Chief executive Mark Bullingham added: “We want to take prudent and appropriate steps to help protect and support the FA and our employees during this unpredictable time.”
The FA also disclosed that options through the UK furlough scheme were being considered. The Scheme will see the government pay up to 80% of people’s wages to a maximum of £2,500 per month – as a “contingency plan” while it “continues to plan for the return of football, once it is safe to do so”.