Paul Robinson: "You have to think of everyone that's involved with the football club"

Thursday, March 26th, 2020 2:32pm

Former Birmingham City defender, now academy coach at the club, Paul Robinson spoke about the club reportedly asking some players to take a wage cut for the time being.

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all professional football in England to be halted until 30th April at the earliest. The decision was taken with safety of fans and those involved in the game itself in mind. However in doing so, clubs may find themselves in financial hardship with no ticket revenue and other revenue streams coming in during this enforced break. 

One such club 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.

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"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, now academy coach at the club, Paul Robinson was asked by Andy Hodgson whether the email reportedly seen by Telegraph Sport came as a surprise to him and whether players knew it was coming. 

"I honestly don't know. I'm not involved in the first-team environment so I don't know how they deal with things and the situation with what they've asked the players to take. 

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"Obviously we're not around the first team players, we haven't been for the last week or so. So this has just come out today, which is the club have made a decision obviously to ask the players."

Robinson went on to reveal that he experienced a similar scenario at a former club, and at times like these players and agents need to think about the rest of the club's staff. 

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"Speaking on previous past experiences yes I've had to deal with that at another club before. It's just one of those things that you've got to think of a lot of other things. Obviously, the players they have to make their own decisions, it's down to the players.

"I can't speak for any of them players but myself, personally with what I've had to deal with before is that you have to think of everyone that's involved with the football club. 

"It's tough times, it is, it's very difficult times that we're all going through at the moment. And it's decisions that you have to make that, it's not only that, it's decisions you have to make as a family, not just that person, that one person.

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