Former Birmingham City defender believes players will agree to a short-term wage cut

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 3:04pm

Former Birmingham City defender Darren Purse spoke to Love Sport about the club reportedly asking some players to take a wage cut for the time being.

Football clubs across the country have started to look for ways to reduce their outgoings in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19  has caused all professional football in England to be suspended until 30th April at the earliest. 

Barnet FC, of the National League, last week announced that they were putting all of the club's non-playing staff on notice, however this situation has now changed drastically. On Tuesday, 24th March, a statement on the club's website read: "We originally thought that we would be losing up to 60 staff across the group but with the Government support measures in place, the number of people affected, excluding the academy, is now less than half a dozen, who for various reasons e.g. end of contract, returned overseas etc. would have departed anyway."

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Another club who are now taking measures are reportedly Birmingham City. As reported in the Telegraph: "Players earning over £6,000 a week at Birmingham have been requested to take a 50% deduction in salary for the next four months, in correspondence sent to agents which has been seen by Telegraph Sport.

"Birmingham's board have asked players to accept a cut of half their monthly wages until June this year, with the salaries to be paid back in four instalments when the football season resumes."

Former Birmingham City defender Darren Purse was asked by Love Sport Breakfast about the alleged email and if he thought players, who have supposedly been asked, would agree to a temporary wage cut. 

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"I think a majority, if not all, of the players will do. I think what's gone on over the last probably 18 months- two years at the club since the financial restrictions, there's been a real sort of community. They all stick together. 

"Obviously before games you see them in their huddles. And I think there's a real good character and a real good feelgood factor around the dressing room.

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"So I think that the more experienced players like Harlee Dean and [Lukas] Jutkiewicz that are in there, I think they'll sort of get it over the line. 

"I think the reason they're doing it is so that obviously people around the football club can get their wages you know, and I think it's a good thing that the players can do."

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