Paul Simpson who led the u-20s to glory in the 2017 World Cup and Keith Downing who is the current coach of the U-20s are among the coaches whose jobs are under threat as part of the FA’s cost-cutting plans. Downing and his team were the U-19 champions in the same year. A number of experts are worried about the talent coming to the senior team if proposals go wayward.
The FA will decide a restructure as they announced that the coronavirus pandemic has drilled a 3m hole in their pocket. There have been reports though that a lot of changes were scheduled to take place before the pandemic. There is also a worry that a number of premier league clubs will not allow their players in case the quality of coaching is compromised. Gareth Southgate and Aidy Bothroyd have been informed that their jobs are safe and all the coaching staff from the senior team, as well as the U-21s, are safe from the cutbacks.
The U-15, u-17, u-19 and u-20 coaches have been informed that their jobs are at risk due to the cost-cutting required. A number of experts believe that two head coaches retained will double up as the coaches for two age groups. Only 2 of the current assistant coaches will be retained with the rest of the staff is selected from the already existing workforce. These work educators according to UEFA regulations generally deliver courses and train other coaches rather than work with the players directly. Experts believe that this will sound the death knell for “Specialist coaches”, a model that has served the English set up very well in the last couple of years.
Earlier reports of scrapping the U-17 and U-20 squads were dismissed citing the dual nationality of quite a few players in the setup. These players might be tempted to play for other national teams in the process. Final changes will be made by the FA in early autumn.