Paul Lambert has offered his thoughts on the current Premier League player wage-cut controversy that has reared its head in recent days.
The global pandemic has caught widespread disruption and, amongst it, has been the furloughing of many from their everyday jobs.
Naturally, football clubs have had to make decisions with those lower down the leagues facing real financial strife from the lack of match gates that the hiatus in play has brought.
At the top end, meanwhile, some clubs have seen non-playing staff furloughed when their extremely rich owners perhaps could have lent a hand instead of asking the government to help bail them out.
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Amidst it all, too, players have come under fire for the wages that they are on, though it should be stressed on their behalf that confirmation of what they’re doing to help, or not doing, is yet to be revealed.
Certainly, the ire should very much be aimed at those running the clubs that have furloughed non-playing staff and, for Paul Lambert, the expectation is that top level stars will do their bit and agree a course of action:
🗣 “They are good guys, footballers. They will see the ramifications that could happen to clubs.”
Paul Lambert accepts that football is under scrutiny and expects an agreement to take place that will see Premier League players take a wage cut amid the Covid-19 pandemic. 👇 #itfc
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You’d think that Lambert would be right, given that he’s coached and played at the highest level during his career.
Things have become unsavoury in the game in the last few days but the players that are taking flak should perhaps be given a bit of time to show what they’re going to do.
It’s the likes of Newcastle and Tottenham’s owners that have already shown their hand that deserve a bit of stick.