Stoke City defender Stephen Ward has predicted that Potters professionals, and plenty more across the Premier League and EFL, will take pay cuts this season to help save their clubs from “serious trouble” financially.
Clubs up and down the country are currently having their finances tested as the sport takes a back seat to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).
With no matchday revenue, the main source of income for most Football League clubs, teams will soon struggle to pay the wages of their players and staff.
The EFL has already provided financial support by way of a ‘£50m relief-package’ dished out to all clubs with Stoke receiving an £800,000 slice of the pie.
But that flow will soon run dry with players having to take the matter into their own hands to save their clubs, Ward told the Irish Independent.
“The club haven’t had a conversation with us about wages and contracts but I am sure that will happen, the longer this goes on,” he said.
“As players, we are guided by the club and they are guided by the EFL, so it’s a case of sitting tight.
“But it’s inevitable that something will have to happen as we don’t want clubs to get into financial bother,” he continued.
“Football clubs are so important and hopefully something can be worked out, whether that’s from the government or from the players but something has to be done as clubs will be in serious trouble.”