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England Boss Southgate Agrees 30% Pay Cut

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England manager Gareth Southgate

England manager Gareth Southgate has led the way by taking a 30 per cent pay cut, as Premier League clubs and players this week grapple with how to manage wage reductions.

The English Football Association (FA) are yet to confirm the news, but Sky Sports reported that it is expected that an announcement on the 49-year-old boss will be made this week.

Southgate, who took England to the 2018 World Cup semi-finals, joins English rugby union coach Eddie Jones is accepting a pay cut.

The news comes amid political and public pressure mounting on Premier League players to play their part and accept pay cuts amid the financial crisis evolving from the coronavirus outbreak.

Global sport has ground to a standstill, creating an economic crisis with no matches to generate broadcast money or tickets revenue with a quarter of the European club football season to play.

Southgate’s Three Lions were due to compete at the 2020 European Championships in June and July, where there were one of the favourites to win the title, but that has been postponed for 12 months.

An FA spokesman said: “The financial implications of the coronavirus are not yet known however, as a not-for-profit organisation, we want to ensure that we take the appropriate course of action to support the wider organisation and our employees.

“We will make a further announcement on our next steps in due course.”

The English Premier League met with all 20 top flight clubs, the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) and League Managers Association (LMA) in a conference call on Saturday to discuss possible wage deductions or deferrals, floating at around 30 per cent.

On Saturday, Liverpool joined a handful of other Premier League clubs to place non-playing staff on furlough, while Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has already accepted a pay cut.

The Premier League is currently suspended and will not resume before April 30 at the earliest.

Ben somerford
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