The average salary of a football coach in the UK

Written by nick redfern | 13/05/2017
The average salary of a football coach in the UK
Coaching and earning. (Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

So, you have aspirations to be a football coach. That's a very good thing. After all, the footy -- along with munching down on a nice plate of fish and chips, going down the pub, and discussing the weather -- is the favourite past-time of the Brits. But, financially, is it going to be worth your while? What, exactly, does the job entail? The answers to those questions are not as simple as you might assume.

Team work

The average salary of a football coach in the UK
Advice on the pitch. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Think about the job requirements of a football coach. Most people assume the coach is there to provide the team with game-play strategy, training tips, and energetic enthusiasm. That's all true. But, it runs much deeper than that. The coach is an integral part of the team. In terms of numbers of coaches, however, the UK is lagging behind on the rest of Europe. While Britain has less than 3,000 qualified coaches, Spain has more than 20,000. Germany can boast of a figure in excess of 30,000. But, the UK doesn't do bad when it comes to the earning stakes.

Kinds of coaching

The average salary of a football coach in the UK
Defining the role. (Enrico Locci/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

The England squad has not just one coach, but a handful. Beneath the head coach, there is also a goal-keeping coach. On top of that, there's a fitness coach, too. Coaching is a multifaceted career, one which allows a person to branch out into specialisations.

Licenced to coach

The average salary of a football coach in the UK
UEFA makes the rules. (Dino Panato/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

There's an assumption that a player simply slides into the job of coaching when his on-the-pitch career is over. Not so. If a person wants a coaching position they are going to have to work hard. UEFA demands that all head coaches take an in-depth course, the goal of which is to secure a UEFA Pro Licence - the official licence of the football league for any coach of significance. And both the course and the licence cover many areas, including understanding the laws surrounding transfer of players from team to team, how to avoid the types of injuries to which footballers are prone, and overall fitness-related matters.

Salaries soar

The average salary of a football coach in the UK
Part-time to full-time. (Shaun Botterill/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

In the UK, only around 4 percent of all coaches hold full-time positions. The rest are part-timers, who may only be putting in perhaps 9 or 10 hours per week. That's not going to pay the bills. Plus, if someone is fresh out of college, their income rarely exceeds £18,000. It does, however, generally and eventually rise to around the average UK salary of £26,000. But, in this job, the sky's the limit. An England squad manager can pull in around £3 million per year. So, starting out as a coach may propel someone to even higher levels of income.

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