Sheffield Wednesday’s players could be forced into taking a pay cut if they suffer relegation, as per the Sheffield Star.
The Owls face an uphill task with the club sitting four points from safety with just two matches remaining, meaning that the club will almost certainly have to win against both Nottingham Forest and Derby County in the final week of the season.
With 19 players out of contract there’s likely to be wholesale changes in Darren Moore’s squad this summer, however for those sticking around it’s claimed that some may have to take a significant cut in their wages based on a clause in their contract.
Writing for the Sheffield Star, Alex Miller said: “It is understood that some – if not all – of the players set to stay on at Hillsborough are facing a drop in wages should they be unable to beat the drop, with sources suggesting some salaries could decrease by over a third.
“These clauses are designed to guard the club against losses incurred by a drop in divisional status, with some football finance experts putting the approximate figure for loss of TV rights at around £8m.
“It is not known exactly which players have which clauses in their deals.”
Understand many of the Wednesday players who have contracts leading into next year would be hit hard by wage decreases in the event of relegation to League One.
— Alex Miller (@AlexMiller91) April 28, 2021
As you’d expect, Miller’s story has attracted quite a reaction from supporters on social media. Here’s what some have had to say.
Quiz: Did each of these 18 ex-Sheffield Wednesday players ever score a goal at Hillsborough?
Good. Things like that should be written in to EVERY footballers contract. You can't reward failure.
It should especially be in the Premier League. Clubs get relegated & then use parachute payments to enable them to keep paying the same wages to their players.
— SwfcFan (@SwfcFan12) April 28, 2021
It’s called working hard for your money and if that’s your level then it equals the pay. If we went up they’ve be knocking on the door for pay rises.
— Simon Alkash (@construction35) April 28, 2021
Summet for them to play for them next 2 games
— scott cain (@scottcain13) April 28, 2021
Should be the way for every footballer. A rise if you are promoted and a drop of relegated
— Ben Ridley (@benridley10) April 28, 2021
Well done Chansiri, something good for a change
— Austin Loveridge (@austinloveridge) April 28, 2021
Good. That’s what they deserve.
— Paul (@LifeIsPeachy82) April 28, 2021
Good. As a collective they’ve failed on too many occasions now, they don’t deserve the inflated wages they were on.
— Jon Fittall (@fittall1987) April 28, 2021
So the club actually did something right for a change 😯 #swfc
— Chris Collindridge (@Chris_swfc) April 28, 2021