Leeds United are in talks with their first team squad over players deferring their wages as the club looks to reduce the financial issues caused by the coronavirus outbreak - according to a report in The Athletic.
It is expected that the players will agree to a temporary cap on their wages as the financial pressure builds due to the lack of football and an extended season.
Exclusive - Leeds United in talks with first-team squad about a wage deferral amid financial pressures of the coronavirus:https://t.co/5VPIwsIysX— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) March 24, 2020
Leeds will be far from the only club to look to take measures like this. Birmingham City have asked their players to take a 50% cut during the pandemic, and Bayern Munich’s players and directors have taken a 20% reduction in pay.
A report in The Telegraph earlier this week said a number of Championship clubs were looking to cap players at £6000 per week throughout this crisis - so expect more news like this as it goes on.
“United’s players are receptive to the idea of deferral and willing to put an official arrangement in place this week”— Josh Akers (@joshakers93) March 24, 2020
The right thing to do at this time and proud of the #LUFC leadership team @LiamCooper__, @lukeayling_8, @dallas_stuart and others for having the conversation. https://t.co/Agr7VJApwp
The problems have been even greater further down the football pyramid with Barnet putting all non-playing staff at risk of redundancy.
I wouldn’t expect this in particular to cause any major issues at Leeds. The squad seems to be the type that would be receptive, as I would expect will Marcelo Bielsa and his staff.
Everyone stay safe with everything that is going on.