FA to cut more than 100 jobs due to 'irreversible impact' of COVID-19 on finances

The FA is set to make more than 100 positions redundant due to the long term and ‘irreversible’ impact of COVID-19 on its finances.

In a statement released this week the FA’s chief executive Mark Bullingham said the association had lost a significant amount of money which it could never recoup, while future revenue streams and sponsorship deals are also under threat. It is planning for potential losses of approximately £300m and has had to make the difficult choice of focusing on its core functions, namely supporting the men’s and women’s senior teams in their efforts to win major tournaments as well as regulating and serving English football.

He said: “Following much consideration of the situation we find ourselves in, we have reached a position where we have formulated proposals to begin a consultation process around reducing the size of our overall team at The FA. These proposals are to reshape the organisation with the level of resource available in this smaller budget.

“Today we are proposing to make 124 positions redundant. 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.

“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.

“We do not think that it would be right to wait and see if the next few months bring greater certainty. The reality we are faced with is that no one knows the future and I believe that the money we have already lost, combined with the uncertainty of the coming months, means that we need to consider these proposals to avoid making matters worse in time. Going through this process now, as difficult as it is for all of us, means that in our worst-case scenarios we should still be able to overcome them and not need to repeat this exercise next year.”

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