England manager Gareth southgate takes 1 million euro pay cut

England manager Gareth southgate has agreed to take a 30 per cent pay cut.

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The pay cut will amount to around £1million, with the move expected to be confirmed next week by the Football Association.

The news comes at the end of a week where the Premier league has faced increasing pressure to cut down on player salaries in order to ease financial pressure during the coronavirus crisis.

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An FA representative reportedly told Sky Sports News: ‘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.

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‘We will make a further announcement on our next steps in due course.’

Southgate’s salary is thought to be worth around £3million-a-year after he signed a new contract in 2018 following England’s success at the World Cup in Russia.

Earlier in the week, health secretary Matt Hancock called on Premier League players to ‘play their part’ and ‘take a pay cut.’

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Liverpool, Newcastle, Tottenham, Norwich, and Bournemouth have all furloughed non-playing staff, while players remain on earning their full wages – in some cases, hundreds of thousands of pounds a week.

The league met with clubs, the Professional Footballers’ Association, and the League Managers Association on Saturday to discuss wage deferrals and cuts.

However, the PFA warned a wage cut could cost up to £200m in lost taxes and called on clubs to do more to support NHS staff and key workers.

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The call ended with no resolution on pay cuts for players, although it has been agreed that talks will continue.

The players themselves are already committed to curtailing wages in order to help the NHS, with efforts led by the likes of Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson.

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The England captain spent much of this week, even before Hancock’s comments, contacting other club captains to pitch his idea, which looks set to raise millions for the NHS.

On Friday, Premier League clubs proposed to raise £20million for charitable causes, however Saturday’s PFA statement claimed clubs ‘could do more.’

 

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