Campaigners warn ‘fewer children will play football’
discuss the consultation process. “Our hospitality revenue from Wembley Stadium, which usually delivers around £35 million per year, has completely fallen away and will probably take years to recover,” Bullingham said.
The FA halted recruitment following lockdown, with 42 positions already vacant. However, coaches for each age group team from Under-15s to Under-20s, as well as specialist coaches, were told that all would have to reapply for their jobs. Technical director Les Reed and his assistant, John McDermott, recently arrived from Tottenham, will implement the cuts.
The senior men’s and women’s teams, as well as the Under-21s, have been ring-fenced. England manager Gareth Southgate took a 30 per cent pay cut to his £3million salary at the start of April.
In his message to all staff, Bullingham said the “high level of uncertainty in our landscape means that we have had to plan for a whole range of potential scenarios” for losses of approximately £300million. “As a not-for-profit organisation, this will hit us hard,” he added. “The situation has worsened to a point where we now need to reduce the size of the FA to deal with the financial impact of the crisis.”
Non-League clubs are working towards a potential September start for the 2020-21 season, but have been told FA Vase and FA Cup replays up until the third round could be scrapped. In grass roots, the wet weather had already led to numerous cancellations before the season was brought to a premature end.
“Whatever happens at the top will work its way down to the bottom, and this will mean fewer children playing football, and more pitches falling into disrepair or even being sold,” said campaigner Saunders.