The Football Association (FA), English soccer’s governing body, has been forced into 124 job cuts as they try to fight their losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
FA chairman Greg Clarke has confirmed that all areas of the organisation will be affected, as a redundancy programme will see a large number of positions removed.
“All areas of the FA will be affected,” he said.
“We need to save UK£75 million a year and we’ve got a UK£300 million potential hole to fill over the next four years.”
Of the total 124 jobs to be made redundant, 42 of those will be achieved by stopping further recruitment. It leaves 82 positions that will have to be cut in order to save costs.
It’s been reported that the FA is bracing for a potential deficit of UK£300 million (AU$536 million) over the next four years due to the coronavirus.
“We have a responsibility to preserve our core functions that regulate and serve English football,” FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said.
“We also have a duty to support our men’s and women’s senior teams in their efforts to win major tournaments. That means we have set out in our proposals some difficult choices because we do not think we can afford to do all the things that we did before.
“We believe the impact of this crisis is to force us to focus more than ever on our key priorities.”
Despite the English professional leagues getting their season restarts underway recently, the FA has already lost revenue given it’s the first bit of league action since the nationwide shutdown in March.
“It might seem that football has weathered the storm by getting the top-flight men’s game playing again,” Bullingham said.
“However, unfortunately the past few months have impacted the FA severely and we have lost a significant amount of money that we can never recoup.”
Associations such as the FA have the opportunity to receive a loan from Fifa, under the global governing body’s Covid-19 relief plan. However, it’s been reported that the FA has opted against taking advantage of the loan on offer by Fifa, despite them being forced into the job cuts.