Preston North End boss Alex Neil has claimed that clubs that have agreed wage deferral deals with their players should be banned from signing players in the upcoming transfer window, which has left many Whites fans fuming.
The delay to the football season has now stretched on for more than a month and caused financial issues for clubs across the country.
Many have been forced to take action in an attempt to mitigate the current crisis, with the likes of Leeds, Birmingham City, and Brentford agreeing wage deferrals with their players.
The Whites were among the first to announce the decision and suggested it was done to ensure that their other staff would still receive full pay.
Speaking to Lancs Live, Neil has suggested that the clubs that have agreed wage deferrals shouldn’t be allowed to sign players in the upcoming window.
He said: “If people are taking wage cuts or deferrals then people are putting cases forward that they shouldn’t be allowed to sign any other players.
“Because if they can’t currently pay the players they have got then why should they then be allowed to use the money they have deferred from wages to then invest in their squad to bring better or more players in.
“I don’t think that clubs who have run their finances in an organised and good manner should then be hampered and hamstrung when other teams are maybe slashing wages and then the window opens and we get out-bid for a player that they have brought with money that they have deferred from another player.
“That cannot be fair. So it will be really interesting to see how that comes out in the wash.”
The summer window could be a hugely important one for the Whites, who look on course to secure promotion to the Premier League this term.
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Neil’s claim has left many Leeds fans fuming, with many taking to Twitter to express their thoughts.
Read their reaction here:
Yeah, great reasoning there Alex. Punish Leeds for keeping honest hard working people in a job. What a stupid outlook.
— Paul M (@Therealpaulmoz) April 24, 2020
— huncho (@DraftHitta) April 24, 2020
I think that’s up there with the moronic statements of Trump we’ve seen.
— leedsyorks68 (@leedsyorks68) April 24, 2020
what a mince head.
— kevin john dartmouth (@KevinJo80716310) April 24, 2020
— Kieran Edwards (@K_Edwards18) April 24, 2020
Blokes a melt. Preston have furloughed staff and Leeds players have taken a pay cut to support so we DONT furlough staff. So actually Leeds should be allowed to buy players where as preston shouldnt sign players
— Tomo (@TomLufc94) April 24, 2020
Thick as they come. If we had furloughed staff or players then he would have a point but we’ve not.
— Daniel Rawson (@drawsonleeds) April 24, 2020
Wow, really embarrassed himself there. Actually feel for him.
— Anil Panesar (@AnilPanesar) April 24, 2020