Brighton trio take 'significant voluntary pay cut'
Brighton manager Graham Potter, chief executive Paul Barber and technical director follow Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe’s lead and take ‘significant voluntary pay cut’ for next three months due to coronavirus crisis
- Brighton trio Graham Potter, Paul Barber and Dan Ashworth have taken pay cuts
- They will take a reduced wage for April, May and June in a bid to ‘protect all jobs’
- Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe was first top-flight figure to take voluntary pay cut
Brighton manager Graham Potter, chief executive Paul Barber and technical director Dan Ashworth have taken a ‘significant voluntary pay cut’ for the next three months.
The trio will take a reduced wage for April, May and June in a bid to ‘protect all jobs at our club and charity’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
Barber said: ‘[This is] to help Tony (Bloom, chairman) to ensure none of our core staff suffer a wage reduction during this uncertain period for our business.
Brighton’s Graham Potter has taken a ‘significant voluntary pay cut’ for the next three months
Brighton chief executive Paul Barber will also take a reduced wage for April, May and June
‘Graham Potter, Dan Ashworth and I have voluntarily taken a pay reduction for the months of April, May and June.
‘We consider ourselves to be very fortunate to be working for the best of clubs at the most difficult of times, so it is entirely appropriate that we play a very small part in reducing the financial burden on Tony.’
The Seagulls have already committed to paying employees, including casual matchday staff, who are unable to work due to coronavirus.
Potter revealed that the unnamed Brighton player who was diagnosed with coronavirus last week is now symptom-free and several others who have been tested did not contract the virus.
The Premier League club’s technical director Dan Ashworth has also opted to take a pay cut
Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe became the first Premier League figure to take a voluntary pay cut from his £4million-a-year wages amid the coronavirus crisis.
The League Managers Association, Professional Footballers Association, the Premier League and EFL have been locked in talks with a view to reaching a united agreement over pay reductions.
But Howe, together with chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes and assistant boss Jason Tindall have broken ranks to take significant pay cuts for the period of time Covid-19 continues to rip through the football calendar.
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