Birmingham City has asked their players to take a pay cut in a bid to protect the club’s short-term future.
According to a report in the national press, players who earn over £6,000 per week at St Andrew’s will see their salaries cut in half for the next four months. The salaries are to be paid back in four installments when the EFL season resumes.
According to the report, Birmingham has a number of players earning in excess of £6,000 a week, including on-loan Aston Villa striker Scott Hogan, goalkeeper Lee Camp, and striker Lukas Jutkiewicz.
The outbreak of Covid-19 has suspended all-but-one of Blue’s remaining nine games of 2019-20, the May 2 clash with Derby County the only match scheduled to go ahead.
The Telegraph report that Blues’ players will be repaid in full from June onwards, by which time the football authorities hope matches will be back underway.
Championship clubs discussed the prospect of wage deferrals last week as they look to stave off financial problems with Blues unlikely to be the only side taking such measures.
“Given the unprecedented circumstances we find ourselves in as a football club, as a business and as a country as a whole, we are reaching out to you in order to request your agreeance to a short-term deduction in wages in order to assist the club to continue to run on a day-to-day basis in the current climate.” The Birmingham email reads.