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Brighton manager Graham Potter takes a voluntary pay-cut

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

15:47 2 Apr 2020

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has joined fellow Premier League boss Eddie Howe in taking a pay cut due to the coronavirus-related shutdown.

Deputy chairman and chief executive of Brighton, Paul Barber, and the technical director Dan Ashworth have joined Potter in taking what the club say is 'a significant voluntary pay cut for the next three months'.

Barber wrote to staff at the club on Thursday confirming that the trio have taken a reduction in their salary for the months of April, May and June, in order to support chairman Tony Bloom’s "significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity"

"[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," wrote Barber.

"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."

Barber spoke on radio earlier in the week highlighting the fact that not all of the clubs in the Premier League are flush with cash.

"In many cases that’s not the case, it’s a bit of a myth, but what we have to do is to protect jobs, we’re doing whatever we can to do that and that’s the priority at the moment for just about every industry in the country including ours."

On Wednesday, Bournemouth manager Howe became the first boss in the English top-flight to take a pay cut.

It remains to be seen as to whether players will accept cuts to their salaries.

Talks this week between Premier League, English Football League, Professional Footballers' Association and League Manager Association officials ended without firm resolution.

Julian Knight, the Conservative MP for Solihull, and is also chair of the UK parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee has said that clubs should be sanctioned if they continue to pay their players while furloughing other staff.

So far, Newcastle United, Tottenham and Norwich City have laid of non-playing staff while taking advantage of the UK government's coronavirus job-retention scheme.

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