Ian Maxwell tight lipped over whether Euro windfall can halt redundancies

Ian Maxwell remained tight-lipped over the prospect of Scotland’s Euro 2020 windfall sparing job losses at the SFA.

The national team are set to bank their association €9.25million following Thursday’s dramatic playoff final victory over Serbia.

The cash will provide a much-needed shot in the arm for the governing body after it was revealed up to 18 staff could be made redundant due to the devastating impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

But SFA chief-executive Maxwell insists it would be “inappropriate” to comment on the situation in detail.

He’s set to hold talks with the Hampden board over how best to utilise the funds.

Asked if the money can stop redundancies, he told BBC Sportsound: “I understand the question.

“We have a process that’s ongoing and I’m very aware that we’ve got staff involved in that so it would be inappropriate to comment too much.

“As chief executive it’s my job to make sure the business operates well, operates as efficiently and effectively as we can.

“The income we’ll get from qualification, I’ll assess that with the board. As I’ve touched on we’ve got a responsibility for the development of the game and this additional finance will go a huge way toward helping us achieve that and helping us make sure the game in Scotland is as good as it can be.

“It’s going to be very welcome, it’s a difficult time for everybody and we just have to make the best of it when the time comes and we understand exactly what those finances look like.”

Maxwell is, however, optimistic Scotland ‘s Euro qualification can have a “transformational impact” on the wider game.

Renewed success, he hopes, will increase revenue streams which can then filter down to grassroots level.

On a cash boost for the lower reaches of the game, he said: “Absolutely, and it’s not just this money specifically.

“If you think about the opportunity it gives us now we have five home Internationals every season. If we can get 50,000 people into Hampden on a regular basis and if qualifying for tournaments gets us back to the level of previous supporter numbers: that has a transformational impact on our game.

“That’s then something you can say you’re going to get in a year and really plan for.

“Budgeting for success on the pitch in football, as anyone who’s been involved in a football club environment will tell you, is very difficult.

“It’s something you shouldn’t really do, you have to see this as a bonus. While we want to do it on a regular basis we can’t assume that we will.

“We need to deal with this as a bonus, and what is it going to mean we can do with it over the next five or 10 years.

“It’s about increasing engagement, increasing activity around games, increasing sponsorship, increasing commercial opportunities.

“And, as I’ve said, a real transformational element of this will be if we can get Hampden full for when the World Cup qualifiers start next season the Nations League the next year.

“If we start to get sellout crowds, all the money we get in as the Scottish FA goes back out through the clubs or through the grassroots game and that’s what we’re here to do.

“The more that the football public and the clubs can help us generate the more that comes back to them in the longer term.”

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