Coronavirus Outbreak: After Southampton, West Ham United players and staff agree for wage deferrals

West Ham United became the second Premier League club to announce wage deferrals for their players to cope with the financial challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Reuters April 11, 2020 14:03:36 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: After Southampton, West Ham United players and staff agree for wage deferrals

London: West Ham United became the second Premier League club to announce wage deferrals for their players to cope with the financial challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus Outbreak After Southampton West Ham United players and staff agree for wage deferrals

File image of West Ham United manager David Moyes. Reuters

A day after Southampton said their players would defer part of their salaries, West Ham announced a raft of measures that the club hopes will help retain jobs and pay full salaries to non-playing staff.

“I am proud that our entire squad have made clear their strong desire to play our part in helping to support others through this situation,” captain Mark Noble said in a club statement.

Manager David Moyes, Vice Chairman Karren Brady and Chief Financial Officer Andy Mollett will take a 30% pay cut.

Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and fellow shareholders will also inject 30 million pounds ($37 million) cash into the east London club to deal with the challenges.

“There is still a long and difficult road ahead but we remain committed to doing everything we can to support those most in need, and together we will come through it stronger,” Brady said in the statement.

With the Premier League at a standstill, footballers are facing pressure to accept wage cuts. The players union, however, questioned the league’s call for a 30% player wage reduction, saying it would reduce tax revenue for Britain’s National Health Service.

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