Sheffield United players have accepted partial pay and wage deferrals during the ongoing pandemic. Obviously, the squad’s decision has delighted loads of fans.
After the announcement that Chris Wilder and CEO Stephen Bettis have agreed six-month deferrals, all of the professional playing staff have all followed suit until the end of 2020 (BBC).
Football leagues are currently suspended due to the global COVID-19 crisis and some clubs are set to struggle with financial difficulties in the future.
The Blades announced the pay cuts will help alleviate the economic pressures the Blades are facing, and the money saved will be redirected to retain and support staff members all over the club.
Bettis publicly commented “first and foremost, our thoughts remain with those directly affected by the issues related to Covid-19.”
“This announcement follows positive and constructive discussions throughout the Club, taking into account the severity of the situation that the country finds itself in at the moment. I am pleased that we have reached an agreement with our first-team players, manager and backroom staff to help support the Club.”
“It is a difficult period for everyone, but our Football Club also needs to be taken care of and I’m delighted that the players want to mirror the gesture of Chris and the staff by contributing, it confirms that they care about Sheffield United.
The chief executive concluded that “the players should be commended, not only for this action, but also for their role in the #playerstogether initiative with other Premier League clubs.”
Although the South Yorkshire outfit only rejoined the Premier League at the start of the season, Wilder’s side have caught everyone by surprise, as they sit seventh in the top half of the table, two points ahead of Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur, and close behind Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Manchester United.
Understandably, many fans responded to the latest update on social media, with one supporter cheekily commenting “cheers, son’s crying, nice one.”
Take a look at some of the best reactions down below…
Made me cry. Cheers, son's crying, nice one. they all deserve a knighthood. proud to be a Blade, love the lads
— Blades S2 (@blades_s2) April 21, 2020
Great to see the boys doing this. They’ll be on more than the normal working man but nowhere near the so called Top 6 so it’ll still effect them. Great stuff Bladesmen 🔴⚪️⚔️👏🏻👏🏻
— Singe (@BrettBrookes) April 21, 2020
Top club 🏴⚽️⚔️
— Michelle (@Lady_Geeeeeeeee) April 21, 2020
Makes ya proud to be a Blade. The club as a whole, from the management down, are leading from the front and so many others could follow their example.
Well done to all at Sheff Utd. Very humbling.
— David Walker (@dawalker73) April 21, 2020
Makes you proud to be a blade. Well done lads. Stay safe everyone. UTB
— Kelly Marie Radford (@DonnyLass90) April 21, 2020
Well done lads!! 👏👏
— TheBlades (@skibumg) April 21, 2020
And when the time comes we will back the club in tens of thousands of season tickets ,up the mighty blades 👏👏👏
— sean (@sasbuild1) April 21, 2020
So proud to be a blade, absolute class from a fantastic team. What a football club. ❤️⚽️⚔️
— Jamie Davies🔴⚪️⚫️⚔️ (@daviesblades83) April 21, 2020
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