Aston Villa have agreed a deal with first-team players and coaches and senior management to defer 25 per cent of their wages for four months in the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
It will also retain and continue to pay in full all non-football staff, both full- and part-time, during the lockdown with no-one to be furloughed.
The move comes in the wake of other Premier League clubs receiving heavy criticism for furloughing staff although Liverpool and Tottenham reversed their decisions to use the Government’s scheme following a backlash from fans.
Villa’s chief executive Christian Purslow said: “I am pleased to announce 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 per cent 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.
“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.
“Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems.
“We believe it is right and proper 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.”
The statement added that Aston Villa remained fully committed to serving their local communities and had made all of the club’s facilities available to the agencies working to protect people during the crisis.