Grimsby Town have asked players and staff to take a pay cut to help the club through the financial crisis in the lower divisions.
The Mariners say they have to act because they don’t know when next season can start, or when crowds will be allowed to return.
So they are trying to bring in the straight pay cuts, rather than deferrals when employees give up some of their wages but are then paid that money later on.
Manager Ian Holloway told GrimsbyLive: “The unusual circumstances we are in are dictating it. We’ve done some predictions, and at the moment we cannot guarantee our income with no crowds and no games.
“The club has asked all of us to take a cut in wages so we can get through this period.
“The only way we can see is fair is asking the players to take a cut and be in it altogether.
“I think it is a sensible thing to do. We have ten contracted players and members of staff including myself. We are all being asked the same thing. Hopefully we will get through it together.
“I believe we will come through this.
“We have got a loyal fanbase and the most important thing is that Grimsby Town fans will always have their club.”
Scunthorpe chairman Peter Swann has suggested the campaign could begin in September but Holloway has rubbished that suggestion and says his club won’t be selling season tickets – even with the offer of a refund if games aren’t played in front of fans.
He said: “There are various dates being bandied around about when we are going to be starting – I think it is ridiculous.
“As a club, we are looking at the possibility of us not playing in front of crowds for a long time – possibly another year.
“Talk about September or October I think its absolute nonsense. If we can’t allow fans into our ground, we can’t possibly pay our players and staff.
“We’ve decided not to sell people season tickets for a season we don’t know if and when will start.”