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FA making 124 positions redundant to offset coronavirus pandemic losses

The FA expects to lose up to £300million over the next four years.

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Greg Clarke says the FA is preparing for significant losses due to the pandemic (Tim Goode/PA)

Greg Clarke says the FA is preparing for significant losses due to the pandemic (Tim Goode/PA)

Greg Clarke says the FA is preparing for significant losses due to the pandemic (Tim Goode/PA)

All areas of the Football Association will be affected by a redundancy programme to tackle losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, its chairman Greg Clarke has said.

The governing body has been forced to act to protect itself against a projected deficit of £300million over the next four years as a result of the crisis.

Overall the FA is making 124 positions redundant, but 42 of those have been achieved by halting recruitment. That leaves 82 posts which will have to be removed from the organisation. It will now set out its proposals on how to achieve this reduction in head count in consultation with staff.

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham says the loss of revenue will force it to focus on its “key priorities”, and Clarke expects every area of the not-for-profit organisation’s activities to be impacted.

“All areas of the FA will be affected,” Clarke said.

“We need to save £75million a year and we’ve got a £300million potential hole to fill over the next four years.”

Bullingham described the FA’s core functions as being able to “regulate and serve English football” and to support the men’s and women’s 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,” he said.

“We believe the impact of this crisis is to force us to focus more than ever on our key priorities.”

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NFL matches at Wembley have generated significant revenue for the FA in the past (Simon Cooper/PA)

NFL matches at Wembley have generated significant revenue for the FA in the past (Simon Cooper/PA)

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NFL matches at Wembley have generated significant revenue for the FA in the past (Simon Cooper/PA)

The FA has already lost revenue since the shutdown of the English professional game in March and already knows it will not receive revenue from music concerts in August or NFL matches in October.

“It might seem that football has weathered the storm by getting the top flight men’s game playing again,” Bullingham added.

“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.”

He said it was important to act now, saying it would remove the need to repeat this exercise next year even in the FA’s worst-case scenario.

The PA news agency learned last week that the FA would not be taking advantage of a loan from FIFA under the world governing body’s Covid-19 relief plan.

Associations are able to borrow up to five million US dollars (just over £4m) interest-free to cope with losses caused by the pandemic.

All national associations will also be granted 1.5m US dollars by FIFA, with 500,000 dollars of that ring-fenced for women’s and girls’ football.

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