Sheffield United have confirmed their players have agreed to partial wage and relevent bonus deferrals due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Premier League club have announced on their official website.
On Monday Blades boss Chris Wilder along-with members of his backroom staff and chief executive officier Stephen Bettis agreed to to the mesures for six months to assist the club’s cash flow issues they currently find themselves in.
Following their managers decision, the playing staff have also decided to emulate the decision by accepting partial wage deferral, and bonus payments, until the end of 2020, due to the uncertainty regarding the timing of a return to action.
Speaking to the clubs official website CEO Bettis said: “First and foremost, our thoughts remain with those directly affected by the issues related to Covid-19.”
“This announcement follows positive and constructive discussions throughout the Club, taking into account the severity of the situation that the country finds itself in at the moment. I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with our first-team players, manager and backroom staff to help support the Club.” Bettis admitted
“It is a difficult period for everyone, but our Football Club also needs to be taken care of and I’m delighted that the players want to mirror the gesture of Chris and the staff by contributing, it confirms that they care about Sheffield United.
“The players should be commended, not only for this action, but also for their role in the #playerstogether initiative with other Premier League clubs.”
When the Premier League suspended games due to this ongoing pandemic, the Blades were sat in seventh, just two points behind fifth placed Manchester United, after an impressive campaign having just been promotion from the Championship.
It’s unclear when and if the season will return this season, however, the Premier League clubs said last week that they were committed for the season to be played out, but there is no set date for the games to return.