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Sarina Wiegman: FA insist new salary befitting of best coach in women's football

Sarina Wiegman: FA insist new salary befitting of best coach in women's football

FA chief executive Mark Bullingham has lauded Lionesses boss Sarina Wiegman as the No1 coach in the women’s game - and says she has the salary to match it.

Wiegman has signed a new contract that runs through to the 2027 World Cup, with her previous deal due to expire after Euro 2025.

The fresh terms are believed to make Wiegman one of the best-paid coaches in the women’s game and her salary rivals that of Emma Hayes, who will reportedly earn £1.3million-a-year when she takes charge of the USA in the summer.

Wiegman had previously earned in the region of £400,000-a-year, but she has now landed a significant pay rise.

“So you won’t be surprised to hear that I won’t give you the amount, actually for anyone other than those we have to report,” said Bullingham.

“So what I would say is we see Sarina as the No1 coach in the world in the women's game and we think that she’s paid accordingly.

“I don’t know what other people in other federations are paid, but I can say I think she’s paid accordingly.”

Sarina Wiegman will remain as England head coach through the 2027 World Cup (The FA via Getty Images)
Sarina Wiegman will remain as England head coach through the 2027 World Cup (The FA via Getty Images)

Securing Wiegman’s future is a major boost for the FA after she led England to Euro 2022 glory and then to last summer’s World Cup final.

There had been suggestions that Wiegman could leave the Lionesses after the Euros next summer, but the 54-year-old Dutch coach insists she has “unfinished business” and had no doubts about staying on.

“I am in the moment right now and I am really enjoying this job,” said Wiegman. “It is very challenging too and I still see that we can improve a lot. That’s what I like a lot.

“So no, I didn’t have doubts. I just want to stay around a little longer, and I hope we do well and stay successful and win a lot of games.”

England began formal contract talks with Wiegman after last summer’s World Cup, but they have wanted to agree fresh terms since she won Euro 2022.

“I was never too worried, because we have had lots of positive conversations and we were always really clear that whatever felt like the best time for Sarina to turn positive conversations into legal discussions that we would do that,” said Bullingham.

“She felt it was the right time after the World Cup. We did that and it was a really seamless discussion. I was obviously delighted that she chose to carry on and formalise that, but I think we have had good discussions for some time.

"I am in the moment right now and I am really enjoying this job"

Lionesses head coach Sarina Wiegman

“We are very clear in our strategy what our public goals are. They were in our previous four-year cycle to win a major tournament and our next four-year cycle will be the same. Obviously those are the things that drive so many aspects, like participation and growth and things like that, so that has to be the ambition.

“Clearly it is really, really hard to win international tournaments, we know that, but to be contenders and to be as best prepared as we can be is all we can control. But at the end of the day, it’s all about trophies.

“And from our point of view, we’re fortunate to have two fantastic coaches of our senior teams and that’s really evidenced by the fact that we’ve been in the top five in the world in both the men’s and the women’s game, which we think is huge tribute to both of them, and the work that they’ve done.

“Under them, we’d like to say the impossible job has never seemed more possible.”