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.
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.
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.
The club can confirm chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes, manager Eddie Howe and assistant manager Jason Tindall have taken significant, voluntary pay cuts. #afcb https://t.co/IJ7A4h5nhp
— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) April 1, 2020
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.
Albion’s deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, technical director Dan Ashworth and head coach Graham Potter have each taken a significant voluntary pay cut for the next three months.#BHAFC
— Brighton & Hove Albion (@OfficialBHAFC) April 2, 2020
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.”
This article was edited by Conor Laird.