As the financial effects of the coronavirus crisis impact on the Football Association, with England home friendlies having been cancelled and Euro 2020 pushed back, Gareth Southgate and England Women’s manager Phil Neville have agreed a salary cut.
A number of other senior FA employees will also see their pay reduced while the association has not ruled out using the 'furlough' scheme introduced by the government.
Top players, including a number of Southgate’s squad, are currently under scrutiny for their actions, financial or otherwise, during the crisis.
It seems footballers have again become something of an easy target for ministers and MP’s, often overlooking the individual work that many will have already done during this difficult period.
Southgate has worked hard to build a group of players who are seen to be in touch with public feeling and opinion during his time as England manager and his calm, reasoned approach to this and many other issues will hopefully continue to benefit the FA at a stage where the governing body’s handling of non-league football in particular has come under fire.