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Battle About To Ensue Over Player Wage Cuts

On Wednesday, it was reported that the Premier League held a meeting with the Professional Footballers’ Association over player wages. That meeting was held and involved not only the EPL and the PFA but also the English Football League and the League Managers’ Association.

Leading up to the meeting, some clubs have trying to forge a consensus on deferring player wages, wage cuts, and staff furloughs to present a unified front for yesterday’s meeting. The Mirror is reporting that the PFA notified all of its members to not accept any wage cuts or deferrals before contacting them first.

Gordon Taylor– PFA chief reluctant to accept wage cuts for his members

According to this report, the PFA are reluctant to accept wage cuts but willing to discuss wage deferrals. The EPL, however, believes that significant wage cuts are necessary.

A recent letter from the PFA said the following:

“The PFA requested to see each club’s financial situation before we offer advice to players on whether to accept the terms offered.

“Before accepting or signing any paperwork from your club, it is vitally important that squads collectively discuss proposals with the PFA.”

The meeting ended yesterday without an agreement but was constructive enough for new meetings to be on the cards for the next few days. The following joint statement was issued:

“Senior representatives from the PFA, Premier League, EFL, and LMA met today and shared a constructive meeting regarding the challenges facing the game as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The meeting reiterated that the overriding priority is the health and well-being of the nation – including that of players, coaches, managers, club staff and supporters – and everyone agreed football must only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

“No decisions were taken today with discussions set to continue in the next 48 hours with a focus on several high-profile matters, including player wages and the resumption of the 2019/20 season.”

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6 comments so far

  • thereallowickmag

    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    What I can’t understand is why Staveley does not come out and deny/distance herself from these stories. Can only be one of two reasons:
    1- the stories are true so she has nothing to deny and bound by NDA.
    2- she is in on the whole leak/lies for her own benefit. Maybe she is closer to Ashley than we all think!!!

  • lochinvar

    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #2

    The Furlough (USA) or Gardening Leave (UK) type scheme is open to all in employment as of 28th February. Companies can also re-employ staff who left their employment ( I think after that date) so as to allow them to receive the fulough pay (80% of their salary up to £2,500 per month) from the Government scheme for at least 3 months and longer if the scheme is extended.

    You can’t do the job you were employed for but you can go out and for instant get paid by a Supermarket for the duration of the scheme.

    Your employer does not have to pay the difference of 20% on your salary but can do so if they want to or are able to.

    The football clubs are entitled to put players onto furlogh schemes for 3 months as they are not able to do their jobs but only to receive 80% of salary up to the max of £2,500.
    At that point it’s up to the Club and players as to what they do next.

  • Big Bruce Stars.

    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Lochinvar – you can go out and work elsewhere but not inside your contracted hours for your main job. You can go work in a supermarket but if you are furloughed by your main employer who has you on an 8am to 5pm working week, you can’t work inside those hours.

    However, if you do hold down more than one job, you can be furloughed from both.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #4

    not sure anyone likes publically being called a tyre kicker

  • WLtoon

    Apr 2, 2020 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5


    I dont think it will be the latter, Ashley called Staveley a tyre kicker and said she was a waste of time, hardly the words you would associate with people who were close.
    I think the interest is real, just not sure if its as far down the line as some journo,s have suggested.


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