Paul Newman, the BBC news and sports correspondent who became head of communications at the Football Association, has been made redundant.
Newman, who had been at the FA for two years, was one of six staff made redundant last week in a bout of job cuts within the FA’s marketing department that will reduce staff numbers by a fifth.
Newman left the BBC in December 2000 after he was approached by the FA to become its spokesman.
One of his toughest jobs was dealing with press interest in the love life of England team manager Sven-GÅ¡ran Eriksson, in the run up to last year’s World Cup.
A journalist for 23 years before joining the FA, Newman began by editing the sports pages on the Knutsford Guardian.
He joined BBC Manchester in 1982 as a researcher and presenter, leaving in 1986 for TV-am until he was made redundant after the breakfast broadcaster lost its licence in 1991.
He joined BBC News in London in 1994 as a news correspondent, covering sports for three years before leaving for the FA.
By Wale Azeez