Port Vale react to proposals to defer players’ wages in lower divisions



Port Vale do not intend to ask their players to defer wages. 

Some players in Leagues One and Two could be asked to defer 25 per cent of their wages for April, following a joint proposal between the EFL and the PFA.

That’s subject to further talks between players and clubs, but Vale chief executive Colin Garlick says that’s not something Vale are looking at, either for players or permanent staff for the next few months.

He’s discussed the club’s situation with Carol Shanahan this afternoon and says Vale are in a fortunate position because of the owner’s support.

He said: “Other clubs are going to be in a different position to us but we have not even put deferring wages on our agenda. We will be paying our staff as normal on the last working day of this month.”

An alternative for Vale is to follow the example of other clubs by using the government’s furlough scheme for some staff and players while continuing to pay part of their salaries.

The football season was suspended on March 13, at which point Port Vale and most League Two clubs still had nine games to play. Clubs in the lower divisions rely heavily on matchday income and the Vale still had five home matches scheduled.

The EFL still hopes to finish the season in the summer but, if games can take place, they are expected to be behind closed doors. The league has  told clubs not to recall players for training until May 16 at the earliest.

Meanwhile, further talks are likely about wage deferrals at some clubs. League One and Two players will be represented by a team of six captains or PFA representatives.

But the EFL and PFA have already agreed that players earning less than £2,500 a month would still be paid in full. Also, any deferral in wages must not take a player below that amount. 





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