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The England women are writing their names with golden letters in the English history books and the main mastermind behind the sudden rise of the Lionesses to power is their Dutch head coach Sarina Wiegman. After leading the Netherlands to their first-ever major trophy with the 2017 Euros triumph and then guiding them through to the 2019 World Cup final Sarina Wiegman decided to change ships and took charge of the constantly underachieving Lionesses.
This started an upturn in results with Wiegman losing only 1 of her 38 games (W30 D7) as an England head coach. The single defeat was in a friendly match. So, since her arrival, Sarina Wiegman’s salary seems to be worth every penny the English FA have spent. But how much they are paying her? How does this compares to the wage of the mostly underachieving men’s head coach Gareth Southgate?
How much is Sarina Wiegman’s salary as England women’s manager?
Citing privacy the English FA refuse to reveal publicly Sarina Wiegman’s salary. However, a closer look at the public financial documentation of the organisation shows with major certainty that Sarina Wiegman’s salary as an England women’s head coach is around £400,000 per year prior to tax.
Now, this is a hefty sum on its own but is it what Wiegman and her Lionesses have done over the last 3 years comparable to that? Further look at the financial paperwork shows that from selling Lionesses’ merchandise the English FA have accumulated over £14.6 million in profit alone over the 3-year period since Wiegman has been in charge.
Also, the big question that has put the FA under the spotlights in the last few days is how Sarina Wiegman’s salary compares to that of her direct match the England men’s head coach Gareth Southgate.
How does that compares to the salary of the England Men’s team Gareth Southgate?
In a shocking revelation regarding the gulf of gender pay inequality, it comes transparent that the far more successful head coach Sarina Wiegman‘s salary is more than 12 times smaller than that of England men’s head coach Gareth Southgate.
According, to financial analyses Gareth Southgate is on a £5 million per year wage, which dwarfs Sarina Wiegman’s wage of £400,000 per year. So, are the English FA ready to rectify their blunt gender discrimination mistake?
Will a pay inequality war engulf the FA because of Sarina Wiegman’s salary?
Despite being challenged to sort out this obvious injustice the English FA doesn’t seem to plan to do that. Answering a question on that same issue regarding Sarina Wiegman’s salary recently here is what FA chief executive Mark Bullingham said: “Over time, that’s where you’ve got to get to. If you look at the disparity in the market and the income coming in, that’s why you’ve got a difference. We don’t talk about people’s remuneration. I would say that Sarina is, within the market she operates within, well-paid.”
So it seems for the English FA Sarina Wiegman is not worth more than what they give her right now. But will she be content to stay on these terms, especially with better and more lucrative job offers guaranteed to come her way after the Lionesses run in Australia?
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