Premier League football is currently suspended and league bosses have said they will only resume the season “when it is safe and conditions allow”. Watford have now become the latest side to agree to a wage deferral as top-flight clubs deal with the financial fallout of the COVID-19 crisis.
Southampton, West Ham United and Sheffield United have also agreed wage deferrals, while Arsenal said earlier this week their players and coaching staff had agreed to accept a 12.5 per cent pay cut.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Watford captain Troy Deeney said: “Nobody, wherever they work, is keen on the idea of a pay cut so there’s a bit of common sense and a good level of understanding has prevailed to get to a pay deferral over the short-term.
“The details of what we’ve agreed are private – but they’re in the best interests of helping the club right now, no one needs to be in any doubt about that.
According to the Telegraph, Watford’s players have agreed pay deferrals of 30 per cent.
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However, it is believed this will only apply to first-team stars who earn over a certain amount and will only remain in force until the season resumes.
Hornets chief executive Scott Duxbury said: “We are grateful to the players for recognising the importance of the situation and for their support of this fantastic club.
“It is a show of unity which we know our supporters and the wider Watford community will appreciate, and shows an awareness of the need for everybody to pull together in these incredibly challenging times.
“We can be proud of the players for taking this step. They recognised they have a role to play and didn’t hesitate in taking a decision for the overall good of the club.”
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Watford player wages 2019/20
Figures from Sport Tidings.
Abdoulaye Doucoure £70,000
Andre Gray £70,000
Troy Deeney £65,000
Gerard Deulofeu £60,000
Tom Cleverley £50,000
Danny Welbeck £45,000
Daryl Janmaat £45,000
Roberto Pereyra £45,000
Sebastian Prodl £45,000
Etienne Capoue £40,000
Nathaniel Chalobah £35,000
Heurelho Gomes £35,000
Ben Foster £30,000
Jose Holebas £30,000
Will Hughes £30,000
Christian Kabasele £30,000
Isaac Success £30,000
Adam Masina £28,000
Craig Cathcart £23,000
Kiko Femenia £20,000
Marvin Zeegelaar £20,000
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