Several of Roy Hodgson’s England staff are to be made redundant after the European Championships amid Football Association cut-backs.
Staff members including first-team team doctor Ian Beasley, physiotherapist Gary Lewin and director of team operations Michelle Farrar will have to re-apply for their jobs after next summer’s tournament in France, according to the Daily Telegraph, and there is no guarantee that any of them will be re-employed after FA chairman Greg Dyke demanded a wide-scale re-organisation of the governing body.
Even those who are retained are likely to be put on reduced terms, and in roles where the duties have been changed, the newspaper adds, raising questions as to whether they will want to stay on anyway.
There is expected to be more information on the new structure at the FA by the end of the week, but all staff will work at St George’s Park.
“This is a backward step for Football Medicine in England. We should be investing more not less,” said Michael Davison, managing director of Isokinetic, a London Fifa medical centre of excellence.
“Fundamentally player care will suffer if football administrators fail to invest fully in the medical and sports science departments across the game. This could be the academy players, the women’s and men’s national teams through to grassroots football. In many other countries around the world and in rugby in this country the level of investment is much higher as a percentage of revenue.”
Hodgson, meanwhile, who will be unaffected by the changes, is reportedly considering asking the FA whether England can play two friendlies at stadiums other than Wembley next May before Euro 2016 begins on June 10.