CHRIS SUTTON and IAN LADYMAN clash over whether England Women’s boss Sarina Wiegman should be paid the same as Gareth Southgate on Mail Sport’s ‘It’s All Kicking Off’ podcast
- Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman is paid £4.6m less than Gareth Southgate
- Chris Sutton and Ian Ladyman clashed over the difference between the two roles
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Chris Sutton has argued that Lionesses manager Sarina Wiegman’s salary should be much closer to that of her male counterpart Gareth Southgate.
Wiegman led England to the Women’s World Cup final on Sunday, where they lost a terrible 1-0 to Spain.
The defeat was just her second in 39 games in charge of the Lionesses, who also won the Euros under her last summer.
As Ian Ladyman explains in the new Mail Sport podcast ‘It’s All Kicking Off’, Wiegman is paid around £400,000 a year for her role, while England men boss Gareth Southgate’s salary is around £5million. of £ per year.
Sutton felt that both managers should be paid equally as they effectively fulfill the same role, while Ladyman argued there was justification for a pay gap given the added responsibility on Southgate.
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Chris Sutton and Ian Ladyman clashed over whether Sarina Wiegman should be paid the same as Gareth Southgate
Wiegman is paid around £4.6m less than her male counterpart despite winning the Euros with England and making the World Cup final
“Sarina Wiegman does a brilliant coaching job, Gareth Southgate’s job is so much more than coaching,” Ladyman said, “he is a figurehead in the FA”. When Gareth Southgate speaks, his words are kind of heard around the world, they’re heard across Europe.
“You get paid to take on that responsibility, and due to the nature of the modern world, Gareth’s responsibility is bigger and wider.”
Sutton fired back, replying, “But that’s no reason why someone should get such a salary and someone else shouldn’t.” I think Sarina Wiegman takes on that responsibility the same way Gareth Southgate does.
“It shouldn’t work because Gareth Southgate is taking more criticism from supporters, which is basically what you’re saying, so he should be paid £4.6m more.”
“You’re basically saying there’s a difference in jobs and there’s absolutely none.”
Ladyman acknowledged that the pay gap was “too big” between the two managers and pointed out that Wiegman is likely to negotiate a new deal amid US interests, which could give him a raise significant salary.
England were beaten 1-0 by an impressive Spanish side in Sunday’s World Cup final
Wiegman also led the Lionesses to the Euros last year and lost just two of 39 games in charge
He went on to wonder why fans and pundits are so keen on comparing men’s and women’s play, adding: “I still don’t understand why there is this need to compare, it doesn’t happen in cricket. , no ‘that doesn’t happen in golf.
“What we need to do for women’s football, in my view, is we need to enjoy it and cherish it, we need to enable it because county turnouts need to be higher, there needs to be more of opportunities.
“We have to fund it, we have to watch it, because I think some of the WSL stakes are still not as high as they could be, we have to do all those things and then let it go and let it grow into what it will be.
“He’s already gone to the moon without anyone else getting involved, let it be.”
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