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Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

This idiom means that if someone is providing you with necessities, you shouldn’t disrespect them, be ungrateful, or criticize their behaviour lest he or she turns around and takes away what you need.

While it is great that the Premier League captains have launched the Players Together initiative they need to take a closer look to home also if they want to retain their living for years to come.

Even the richest clubs are not immune to the financial effects of the current crisis and to date, the response through the PFA and union fat-cat Gordon Taylor has appeared like a squabble from the outside.

There is no doubt many football clubs will fail when this is all over and many players could find their themselves out of work.

If a club doesn’t pay wages a player for over two months the player can rip up their contract and walk away for free.

Players need to be realistic and agree to a deferment of wages as soon as possible across the board to help clubs with temporarily cash flow issues.

This will be able to protect non-playing staff and the players will get their wages back info full when the Premier Season is finished and club income streams return to normal.

I don’t think it is a lot to ask.

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter

2 comments on “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you

  1. To be honest 30% reduction shouldn’t be in the majority of cases. The players are very fortunate to work in an industry that pays them at a ratio of 100’s to 1000’s pounds x the average wage, no human alive requires that level of income, not just football players all of those no matter what industry that have such contracts should be paying back now when the World needs it. Jeff Bezos could probably fund a large chunk quite comfortably with 30% of his income or by paying taxes in every country. If one thing comes out of this it is that the World should go after these profiteers and tax dodgers as hard as they can when this is over.

  2. Fully agree. The players NHS initiative does absolutely nothing for the financial nightmare the clubs are in. Under the players scheme they assume the clubs are going to be able to pay their full wages so they can then hand discretionary amounts anonymously to charity. Cannot understand why they are getting positive publicity for this sleight of hand!

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