Aston Villa players defer 25% of salaries

Aston Villa’s first-team players, coaches and senior management will defer 25% of their salaries for four months to ease the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Non-playing staff will be retained and paid in full during the lockdown and the Premier League club said it will not make use of the government furlough scheme.

CEO, Christian Purslow, said: “I am pleased to announce today measures to protect the livelihoods of our precious staff and their families.

“First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25% of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty with a further review taking place at the end of this period.

“During the two seasons since Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens rescued Aston Villa they have supported and funded the rebuilding of the club with a huge level of personal financial investment.

“They are continuing to provide substantial funding which, combined with these significant salary deferrals, enables Aston Villa to confirm that all non-football staff – full and part time – will be retained and paid in full throughout the lockdown. There will be no furloughing of staff.”

Purslow said that the clubs players and staff feel “great solidarity” with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems.

“(And) we believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England.”

He added that the club remains fully committed to serving its local communities through the Aston Villa Foundation and will ensure its people and our resources can be put to use while football is not being played.

“Consequently we have made all our facilities available to the multi agencies working so hard to protect people during this time of national emergency,” he said.