Preston North End manager Alex Neil believes clubs who ask their players to take wage cuts or deferrals because of the coronavirus pandemic should not be allowed to make transfers.
Derby County are reportedly in negotiations with their players with captain Wayne Rooney at the forefront of discussions. It was revealed last night that the club have placed their under-23s players on paid leave, utliising the government’s coronavirus job retention scheme.
Leeds United and Brentford players have agreed to defer their wages in order to keep non-playing staff on 100 per cent of their salary.
But Preston and Stoke City are continuing to pay their staff.
“If people are taking wage cuts or deferrals then people are putting cases forward that they shouldn’t be allowed to sign any other players,” Neil told LancsLive.
“Because if they can’t currently pay the players they have got then why should they then be allowed to use the money they have deferred from wages to then invest in their squad to bring better or more players in?
“I don’t think that clubs who have run their finances in an organised and good manner should then be hampered and hamstrung when other teams are maybe slashing wages and then the window opens and we get out-bid for a player that they have brought with money that they have deferred from another player.
“That cannot be fair, so it will be really interesting to see how that comes out in the wash.”