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Head Coach of England National Team To take 30% Pay Cut, What About Gernot Rohr of Nigeria?

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The head coach of England senior men football team, Gareth Southgate and that of the senior women football team Phil Neville are to take a 30% pay cut to their salaries since they are the highest-earning employees of the Football Association in England.

Southgate takes home about £3m a year while Neville reportedly takes home about £300,000 as the head coach of the English female national team.

The decision of the FA is in line with the government’s furlough scheme which allows employers to cut their cost to protect jobs of employees whose services are not needed during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown in the country.

The Chief Executive of the FA, Mark Bullingham said the financial impact of postponements including England international fixtures, FA Cup matches and Wembley events will contribute to a loss of 100 to £150m.

“Along with many other organisations across the country, we are currently reviewing our financial model during this challenging period”, Bullingham said.

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“We want to take prudent and appropriate steps to help protect and support the FA and our employees during this unpredictable time.”

Coach Gernot Rohr’s Case

Coach Gernot Rohr's Case
Gernot Rohr

The decision of the English FA to cut down the salaries of its National team managers brings into mind that Nigeria has a foreign coach, Gernot Rohr, who earns 55 thousand dollars per month for doing nothing in this period of coronavirus lockdown.

The 66-year-old Super Eagles of Nigeria chief coach only come to the country when the team is preparing to play a football match or when the country’s football association has an event; he stays abroad, mostly in France where he base, every other day.

Though his contract with the Nigeria Football Association will expire this June, there is the likelihood that the contract may be extended due to the outbreak of the pandemic. The Nigerian FA has not said anything about cutting down his wages since his services won’t be needed till the pandemic is over.

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Rohr was expected in Nigeria in March for Super Eagles‘ first match of the year which is Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Asaba. Fortunately for him, the match which was scheduled for March 27 was postponed indefinitely due to the pandemic.

The German-born coach who has been coaching the Super Eagles since August 2016 had no choice than to self-isolate himself with his family far away in France while he continues to earn almost the same salary with the president of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari.

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