The Telegraph say every Leeds United player has a clause in their contract that will see their wages reduce by 50-60% if the club are relegated – in order to offset losses caused by a drop into the Championship from the top tier.
With two games left to play, Leeds sit in a perilous position. You would argue that Leeds are more likely to go down, than stay up at this rate. We go to West Ham on Sunday in what is must win, with the Hammers playing on Thursday.
David Moyes’ priority is no longer the Premier League. With the Hammers boasting a 2-1 first-leg lead ahead in the Europa Conference League final, they will be confident of a result tonight. Certainly, they will be at full strength.
So, Leeds might have a chance against a West Ham side either tired, or much changed. They made nine changes in defeat to Brentford last weekend. Then, it’s Tottenham at home on the last day. Against Spurs, anything can happen.
But with Everton having a fanciful run in against Wolves and Bournemouth, on 32 points in 17th, and Forest already on 34, Leeds are up against it. But for those worried about finances, Leeds have planned for it – in player contracts.
Every Leeds player has clause that will see wages reduce if relegated
While the board are often criticised for their work behind the scenes, at least they have put a solid plan in place to cover the losses of relegation. It also gives the players an incentive, financially, to work hard to keep wages 100%.
Comparing our relegation rivals from the same report – Forest have a few players who are exceptions and will keep their wage. Everton have no blanket policy, and Leicester’s wages will reduce between 35 and 50%. We are covered.