Brighton’s Graham Potter latest high-profile Premier League figure to take voluntary pay-cut

Premier League postponed

The COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic has caused widespread disruption across the globe over the last month or so.

As of writing, it has been reported that over a million people have tested positive for the virus, with over 200,000 said to have recovered.

To combat the virus, a host of countries, including those in the United Kingdom, are under some form of lockdown.

The footballing world has obviously been affected during these troubling times, with pretty much all major leagues around the world postponed.

The latest information on the Premier League is that England’s top-flight is postponed until the 30th of April at the earliest.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 26: The Premier League logo is seen during the Premier League match between Burnley and Watford at Turf Moor on September 26, 2016 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Potter takes voluntary pay-cut

As well as the obvious risk to health, the financial problems caused by the coronavirus have also come to light over the last few weeks.

A host of top European outfits, including Barcelona, Juventus, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, have already announced major wage-cuts for their first-team squads

As for clubs in the Premier League, both Newcastle and Tottenham recently announced that non-playing staff had been placed on furlough.

And whilst, as things stand, no Premier League players have taken pay-cuts, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe became the first PL boss to accept a voluntary wage reduction on Wednesday.

Now, on Thursday, though, Brighton boss Graham Potter has become the second English top-flight boss to take a pay-cut.

As well as Potter, Brighton’s s deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, along with technical director Dan Ashworth, have each taken a significant voluntary pay-cut for the next three months.

Brighton confirmed on their official website that, in a note to be sent to all of the club’s staff, this move is to ensure that none of the Seagulls’ other core staff suffer a wage reduction during this period:

“[This is] to help Tony to ensure none of our core staff suffer a wage reduction during this uncertain period for our business, 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 of difficult times so it is entirely appropriate that we play a very small part in reducing the financial burden on Tony.”

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.