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FA to make redundancies as it tackles £300m void

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

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

The FA is making 124 positions redundant, 42 of those by halting recruitment. It will now set out its proposals on how to achieve the remaining 82 reductions in head count in consultation with staff.

Chief executive Mark Bullingham (pictured) says the loss of revenue will force it to focus on its ‘key priorities’, with Clarke admitting: ‘All areas of the FA will be affected.

‘We need to save £75m a year and we’ve got a £300m 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 support the men’s and women’s teams 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 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.’

The FA has already lost revenue since the shutdown of the English professional game in March and faces the prospect of the FA Cup final and play-off finals being staged at an empty Wembley. Revenue has also been hit by the cancellation of music concerts and NFL matches at the national stadium.

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