Leeds United staff volunteer to defer wages

Thu, Mar 26 2020

Leeds United's players, coaching staff and senior management have volunteered to take a wage cut due to the impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

The move will allow all 272 full-time non-football employees as well as the majority of casual staff to continue to be paid at Elland Road and the club's Thorp Arch training ground.

Northern Ireland International Stuart Dallas is one of those included as the Whites become the second club in the Championship to defer wages alongside Birmingham City. 

A Leeds statement read on Thursday "Leeds United can confirm that the players, coaching staff and senior management team have volunteered to take a wage deferral for the foreseeable future to ensure that all non-football staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch can be paid and the integrity of the business can be maintained during these uncertain times.

"The spread of the COVID-19 virus has seen the UK and many other nations around the world in a state of 'lockdown' and whilst there is a shared commitment to complete the season, there is no concrete plan for a return date with Marcelo Bielsa's side sitting top of the Sky Bet Championship with just nine games left to play."

"My players have demonstrated an incredible sense of unity and togetherness," said director of football Victor Orta.

"To Marcelo and his staff and all of the players, we thank them for putting our wider team first and taking care of family".

Leeds are currently seven points clear in second in the league and beat Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town 2-0 last time out thanks to Luke Ayling and Patrick Bamford goals.