Derby end tense stand-off with their players over wage negotiations as Wayne Rooney and Co agree ‘substantial’ deferrals to help club get through coronavirus pandemic
- As revealed by Sportsmail, Wayne Rooney was leading wage talks with Derby
- Players offered 25 per cent deferrals but club were pushing them for 50 per cent
- It’s now been announced that a ‘substantial’ deferral agreement has been made
- Derby thanked Rooney and Curtis Davies for their assistance in making the deal
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Derby County‘s first-team players and management have reached the end of their dramatic stand-off with the club by agreeing ‘substantial’ deferrals to their wages to help the Championship side get through the coronavirus pandemic.
As revealed by Sportsmail, England’s all-time top goalscorer Wayne Rooney – currently a player at the club – was leading talks on behalf of his team-mates but the two parties were at an initial stand-off.
While the club’s stars were happy to defer 25 per cent of their wages, the club was pushing for them to give up half their pay, but it has now been announced that an agreement has been made.
Derby County have finally ended the tense stand-off with their players over wage deferrals
Wayne Rooney was leading wage talks on behalf of his team-mates and a deal is now in place
Derby did not give figures but said players had voluntarily agreed a deferral ‘considerably more than has been reported in the media’ and thanked Rooney for his support.
‘First team players have voluntarily agreed a substantial deferral…Everyone has been fully committed to help and play their part,’ Derby said in a statement.
‘The measures have been agreed as part of the ongoing work to protect the future of the club, our staff and the communities we serve, during these unprecedented times.
‘The club would specifically like to thank Rooney and Curtis Davies, the Professional Footballers Association’s club representative, for their help and support.’
Manager Phillip Cocu (R) had already agreed deferrals for him and his staff to help the club
No figures were revealed but Derby’s players have agreed to defer a ‘substantial’ cut of wages
Derby said players, coaches and staff also made financial donations to their Stay Safe. Stay Fit. Stay Connected campaign, while non-playing staff will volunteer at a local food hub.
Football in England was suspended indefinitely last month due to the outbreak, forcing several Premier League clubs to adopt measures to cut costs.
Sheffield United, Aston Villa, Southampton, West Ham United and Watford all announced wage deferrals for their players while Arsenal said their players and coaching staff would take a 12.5 per cent pay cut.
Derby were 12th in the Championship when the season was suspended.