Leeds: Wider impact of coronavirus will cost club millions of pounds each month

Last Updated: 26/03/20 9:52am

Leeds United’s players, coaching staff and senior management team have volunteered to take a wage deferral “for the foreseeable future”.

The move will allow all non-football staff to be paid at Elland Road and the club’s Thorp Arch training ground, Leeds said on Thursday morning.

A Leeds statement read: “Leeds United can confirm that the players, coaching staff and senior management team have volunteered to take a wage deferral for the foreseeable future to ensure that all non-football staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch can be paid and the integrity of the business can be maintained during these uncertain times.

“The spread of the COVID-19 virus has seen the UK and many other nations around the world in a state of ‘lockdown’ and whilst there is a shared commitment to complete the season, there is no concrete plan for a return date with Marcelo Bielsa’s side sitting top of the Sky Bet Championship with just nine games left to play.”

Speaking to Sky in Italy earlier this week, Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani said he felt the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic will likely be a disaster for the club.

Leeds’ statement added: “The lack of fixtures, cancellation of events, impact on ancillary revenue and closure of the football financing market will cost the club several million pounds each month.”

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