Premier League clubs have agreed to propose a 30% wage cut in order to ease the financial burden being experienced due to the lack of revenue. Danny Rose who is currently on loan at New Castle from Tottenham Hotspur agreed that this was the best move that players in the top flight could take to show their support.
In his interview with BBC Radio 5, Danny Rose went on to say :
“I can only speak for myself but I would have no problems whatsoever contributing any of my wages to people who are fighting this on the front line and to people who have been affected by what’s happening at the minute.”
With the current COVID-19 pandemic closing all streams of football revenue, the Premier League has agreed to donate £125 million to the EPL and Champions League which will go towards assisting clubs to map their way through these trying times.
A further £20 million will be donated to the National Health Services (NHS) in their fight against COVID-19. All this should come from the 30% wage deduction.
Addressing the criticisms that footballers took a long time to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Danny Rose explained that discussion were already underway without public knowledge, long before critics began ripping into football about their lack of contribution towards the fight against the Coronavirus.
He added in his interview that:
“We sort of feel that our backs are against the wall. Conversations were being had before people outside of football were commenting,”
“I’ve been on the phone to Jordan Henderson and he’s working so hard to come up with something.”
“It was just not needed for people who are not involved in football to tell footballers what they should do with their money. I found that so bizarre.”
The delay taken by players in response to how they could contribute to the plight being felt due to the coronavirus pandemic, was because the players wanted control of where and how their 30% wage cuts would be used.
Wolves captain Conor Coady explained this further by saying:
“Their hearts are in the right place – they wanted to have control over where money goes,”
“Essentially, if the players take a wage cut, the beneficiaries are the clubs. Their main concern is what is happening to this money. They are happy to put money into a pot, rather than it just vanishing.”
“They want to have an influence as to where this money is going. Is it going to the NHS, school meals? They want control over that. They don’t want to be dictated to by the Premier League – they don’t want to have no idea where the money’s gone.”