AHEAD OF THE GAME: Gareth Southgate’s reconnaissance missions in England are blocked, while Sky Sports guidelines on Black Lives Matter annoy senior staff
- The long period of English boss Gareth Southgate, away from the site, will continue
- The Football League has spoken to Premiership Rugby about salary limits
- The FA waits until after the FA Cup semifinal before the Community Shield decides
- Sky Sports guidelines on the subject of Black Lives Matter have irritated senior staff
Gareth Southgate’s long spell of not attending personal matches will continue, with the Premier League telling the FA that top managers and scouts should only see future opposition they must play within three matches.
The same principle applies to Southgate and the FA’s team of coaches and analysts, as their presence would be to perform a scouting role.
As England will not play until the UEFA Nations League games against Iceland and Denmark take place in September, Southgate will have to continue to judge players from home.
English manager Gareth Southgate is currently only allowed to watch players from home
Football League requests advice from rugby on salary limit
Football League executives have had several encounters with their counterparts at Premiership Rugby in an effort to gain more insight into how their salary limit works – a questionable move given the disastrous impact on the top flight of club rugby.
Multiple European and domestic Saracen champions were downgraded and were set a record fine of £ 5.3 million earlier this season for numerous breaches of the limit that, according to an investigation by Sportsmail, had not been rigorously controlled.
The Football League aims to bring in a salary cap for all three divisions for the first time this summer, with proposed team wage limits of £ 18 million, £ 2.5 million and £ 1.5 million in the Championship, League One and League respectively Two.
Football League executives seek advice from Premiership Rugby on salary limits
Man City gives FA headache over Community Shield
The FA will make a final decision as to whether the Community Shield will take place later this summer after the FA Cup semifinal on July 18-19, which will help clarify the identities of Liverpool’s opponents.
As Sportsmail revealed last week, the fate of the Community Shield, which has been held every year since 1947, is linked to Manchester City’s continued progress in the FA Cup and Champions League.
If Pep Guardiola’s side qualifies for the last eight of the European league, the FA would struggle to find a suitable date to house them. City have drawn Arsenal in the FA Cup semifinal, and considering they have won their last seven encounters, it probably won’t make things easier for the FA.
The FA will wait before deciding if the Community Shield will take place this summer
Sky Sports annoyed several senior employees about Black Lives Matter
Sky Sports guidelines on the controversial subject of Black Lives Matter have annoyed several senior employees.
Executives sent an email two weeks ago telling the presenters it was up to them whether or not they were wearing BLM badges, but asked them what it would look like if they chose not to, making many feel they had no choice.
Experts Patrice Evra and Jamie Redknapp on Tuesday threw out the badges while reporting on Manchester United’s victory in Brighton out of concern over the hard-left agenda being pushed by Black Lives Matter UK.
Sky Sports expert Patrice Evra has thrown out the Black Lives Matter badge for Tuesday’s cover
Silence is gold for Barnsley boss Gerhard Struber
Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber embarrassed his employers last weekend by vetoing their decision to use audience sound in their game against Millwall after the club announced the plan on their website.
The Austrian would have been concerned that the artificially enhanced atmosphere, which would be pumped to Oakwell by fans watching the club’s online stream, would drown out his instructions to the players and pull the plug just before kickoff.
Barnsley had a deal to use the My Applause app in their remaining home games.
Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber embarrassed his employers by vetoing their decision to use audience sound
FA faces setback due to delayed games in England
The FA has been hit by a further loss of broadcast revenue, with Sky Sports demanding a discount in March for England’s deferred friendly internationals against Italy and Denmark.
Sky has the rights to all English friendlies and Nations League games in season, so could pay in full if Gareth Southgate’s squad plays additional games in the fall, as suggested by UEFA.
Sky Sports is demanding a discount from the FA for deferred matches in England