Anger at Wembley grounds salary

Salary in advertisement for prestigious role angers groundsmen

A row has erupted over the salary of Wembley Stadium’s head grounds-manager. But the stadium authorities have told outsiders to back off, saying it is between them and the successful applicant. The row began when the advertisement for the job appeared in national and trade press. Although offering only a £30,000-£35,000 salary for one of the world’s most prestigious grounds jobs, it was at the upper limit of salary bands recommended by the Institute of Groundsmanship (IoG). Groundsmen voiced their concerns through Pitchcare.com, the on-line groundsmanship magazine. Hurlingham Club head groundsman Peter Craig said: “This kind of pressure deserves the same kind of high remuneration in exactly the same way that the chief executive of a major company is paid more than his executives because the buck stops with him.” He also attacked the IoG for accepting the advertisement in its magazine, The Groundsman. But IoG chief executive Patrick Gosset said: “It is not up to the IoG as publisher, or Deesons as advertising and publishing agent, to approve or reject the content of any bona fide advertisement submitted for publication unless it is patently misleading, fraudulent or libellous. Obviously, this was not the case.”

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