Leeds United head coach Marcelo Bielsa has suspended part of his monthly salary in a bid to keep everyone at the club in a job.
Bielsa has agreed to take a wage deferral of nearly £40,000-a-week in order to help Leeds to cope with their huge drop in income due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. The Championship leaders will miss out on millions due to the loss of their broadcasting and match day revenue with the EFL suspended until 30th April.
The coach, staff, and players have all agreed to defer part of their salaries for the foreseeable future to ensure the Championship side does not have to make any redundancies.
“Leeds United is a family. This is the culture that has been created by everyone at the club, from the players and the board to the staff and the supporters in the stands,” Leeds players said in a joint statement.
“We face uncertain times and therefore it is important that we all work together to find a way that the club can push through this period and end the season in the way we all hope we can. We face uncertain times and therefore it is important that we all work together to find a way that the club can push through this period and end the season in the way we all hope we can.”
The Peacocks become the first British club to take this step with the players making their offer after meeting chief executive Angus Kinnear and director of football Victor Orta.