Aston Villa players, coaches and directors agree 25% wage deferral for next four months

Aston Villa‘s players, first-team coaches and senior management have agreed to defer 25 per cent of their salaries for four months.

The Premier League strugglers have struck a deal with the squad and they will not furlough staff, as the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak continues.

Chief executive Christian Purslow said: “I am pleased to announce today measures to protect the livelihoods of our precious staff and their families.

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“First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25 per cent of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty with a further review taking place at the end of this period.

“During the two seasons since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens rescued Aston Villa they have supported and funded the rebuilding of the Club with a huge level of personal financial investment.

“They are continuing to provide substantial funding which, combined with these significant salary deferrals, enables Aston Villa to confirm that all non-football staff – full and part time – will be retained and paid in full throughout the lockdown. There will be no furloughing of staff.

“Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems and we believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England.”