Preston North End not planning on following Birmingham City in cutting wages

Birmingham City have become the first Championship club to ask their players to take wage deferrals – but Preston North End are NOT likely to follow suit.

By Peter Storey
Wednesday, 25th March 2020, 10:38 am

Squad members earning more than £6,000-a-week at St Andrew’s have been asked to take a 50 per cent cut in their salary for the next four months, amid the coronavirus pandemic, it has been reported.

The money will be paid back in stages when the season restarts, with English football postponed until April 30 at the earliest to try to combat the spread of the virus.

It is understood that North End are not considering following Birmingham’s approach regarding players’ wages.

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It is understood that PNE are not planning to ask players to defer wages

The Telegraph reported Birmingham sent an email to agents asking for their help in the matter: “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.”

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.

Birmingham's St Andrew's stadium