The Football Association is to make 124 positions redundant as its chief executive set out the “irreversible” impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the national governing body.
The FA had previously said the crisis would cost it up to £300million, and the organisation’s CEO Mark Bullingham says it will now have to cut head count.
“Today we are proposing to make 124 positions redundant,” he said in an update published on the FA’s website.
“Because we halted recruitment the day we left the offices in March, we are able to take 42 vacant positions out of the structure, which means that we are proposing to remove 82 roles from the organisation.
“We recognise that this is an incredibly difficult time for those employees who have been affected by these proposals and we will do everything we can to support them during a consultation period, which will start soon.”
Bullingham said the crisis would force the organisation to focus on its “key priorities”.
“Proposing redundancies is the toughest cost-saving measure that any organisation can consider implementing, but we believe that we must now adapt and future-proof the organisation to ensure our cost base reflects a future with significantly lower revenues,” he said.
“We have a responsibility to preserve our core functions that regulate and serve English football. 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.”
Bullingham highlighted the loss of revenue from events planned to take place at Wembley Stadium since March, and of revenue they would normally have expected from future events such as music concerts in August and the regular NFL matches in October.
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.
FA chairman Greg Clarke added in a video message: “All areas of the FA will be affected.
“One of the most difficult decisions a board and a senior management team have to make is taking really tough financial decisions in the face of a financial crisis which could result in people losing their jobs.
“We need to save £75million a year and we’ve got a £300million potential hole to fill over the next four years.”