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Shamrock Rovers first team players and staff take pay cut

Stephen Doyle
Stephen Doyle

13:40 16 Apr 2020

The Shamrock Rovers first team squad and staff have agreed to take a 25 per cent wage reduction with the league in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Tallaght club have not played a fixture since they faced Sligo Rovers at the Showgrounds on 7 March.

The FAI and the clubs have provisionally agreed to restart the SSE Airtricity League action on 19 June, subject to the approval of the government and HSE.

In an official statement released today, the club say that they rely on matchday income and without it, they cannot sustain their budget.

"As a club we are completely aligned and pay great respect to the squad and management for their understanding and care shown for the club," the club say in the statement.

First team head coach Stephen Bradley added: "Our responsibility is to safeguard and protect everything that we have worked so hard to build and so we must move to protect the long term interests and ambitions of the football club.

"With all that in mind and after a collective consultation with our Sporting Director Stephen McPhail, our first team staff, club captain Ronan Finn and subsequently the rest of the players we can announce that the first team squad and staff have accepted to take a 25% wage reduction.

"We recognise that they represent the most special football institution in the country and just like the 400 club in 2005 we have a responsibility collectively to play our part in safeguarding the club’s future.

"We’ve been in football a very long time and they are absolutely one of the best groups of people that we have ever been lucky to work with. They do not earn huge salaries.

"Like us all they have mortgages to pay and bills to worry about. But despite that they have shown the compassion, foresight and capability to recognise that it falls on us all to help protect a football club which is very close to our hearts.

"Win lose or draw, every Shamrock Rovers supporter should be very proud that these guys represent you. They are an incredible bunch."

The Dublin outfit are not the first to take measures in order to protect their long-term future with Sligo Rovers laying off staff temporarily while Cork City had to stop paying players and staff.

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