A number of Leeds United fans have taken to Twitter to applaud the Whites announcement regarding the Elland Road players, coaching staff and senior management volunteering to take a wage deferral in wake of the global health crisis.
English football ground to a halt on 13 March with the Premier League, along with the EFL and the WSL, announcing that their leagues would be suspended until 3 April at the earliest – a hiatus since extended to 30 April at the earliest.
While the battle against the disease is the most pressing concern for the nation, the knock-on effect on the country’s economy and people’s livelihoods is also a battle that needs to be fought.
With no football currently being played, there are very few incomings for clubs at present, while outgoings – such as staff wages – are still needing to be paid.
Leeds said in a club statement that the lack of fixtures, cancellation of events, impact on ancillary revenue and closure of the football financing market is expected to cost the club several million pounds each month.
However, in order to ensure that all 272 full-time non-football staff at Leeds can continue to be paid and the integrity of the business can be maintained during this period, the players, coaching staff and senior management team have volunteered to take a wage deferral for the foreseeable future.
“Following a regular catch up between chief executive Angus Kinnear, director of football Victor Orta and several senior players, the decision was made by the squad to defer part of their own salaries to ensure that the club can continue to pay all 272 members of full-time staff and the majority of casual staff for the coming months,” Leeds confirmed.
In such testing times, this altruistic gesture by the club was met with a positive response by the Elland Road fanbase, who took to Twitter to applaud their beloved team:
The players & staff here in this moment are an absolute credit to this Club and all we’ve been waiting for as fans for a long time ❤️
— 𝗠𝗮𝘁𝘁. (@Matt1Lufc) March 26, 2020
Marching on together, couldn’t be more powerful right now after this announcement. Footballers get called selfish & people think that the players don’t care about the well being of the club. This is a prime example of how that’s not true. Well done to everyone 👏👏👏
— Barney V2 (@barney___21) March 26, 2020
Absolutely outstanding by all involved. A credit to you all. Now everyone stay safe, stay home & let’s hope we are all enjoying football together once again very soon. #mot
— Tony LUFC (@Tonylufc28) March 26, 2020
That’s our club, that is 🤜
— Jimbo Powlerio (@JimboPowlerio) March 26, 2020
Couldn’t be prouder of my club❤
— Isobel💙💛 (@IsobelMcDonald4) March 26, 2020
— Jess Furness🦋 (@jessicafurness_) March 26, 2020
Well done lads! This clubs come a long way and it’s thanks to everyone involved right now. Board members all the way down to the retail staff, bar staff etc etc. Everyone stay safe!
— Jordy Phillips (@JordyP1993) March 26, 2020
So proud of this team. Winners all of them. MOT!!!
— Kukkaburra Kid (@AndrewGaunt10) March 26, 2020
Brings a tear to my eye, this team 😭💛💙
— Lewis ⚽️💛💙🤍 (@White7Mot) March 26, 2020