Southampton have confirmed the first-team squad, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl, coaches and directors have agreed to defer part of their salaries for April, May and June in order to help protect the future of the club, non-playing staff and the Saints’ role in the local community.
The south coast club has also announced it will not make use of the government’s Job Retention Scheme during those months and will continue to play non-playing staff in full.
“The board of directors, the first-team manager, his coaching staff and the first-team squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve,” a statement read.
“Furthermore, the club can confirm that it will not use the government’s Job Retention Scheme during April, May and June.
“Our owners, Mr. Gao and Katharina Liebherr have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June. Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known.”
All non-essential activity at the club’s Staplewood Campus training facilities, St Mary’s Stadium and other sites remain suspended, with the situation to be reviewed at the end of April.
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“Everyone at the club remains fully committed to the community we value so highly in Southampton. We will continue to offer our full support to the city of Southampton through the work of the Saints Foundation and provide any further assistance we can,” the club said.
“We ask everyone connected to the club and the city of Southampton to listen and adhere to the government’s advice.”