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Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

The old English saying is ‘Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs‘  and it is one Premier League players should consider and let sink in. While PFA talk about the government missing out of £200m of tax revenue, the players have discussed whether the money from their potential wage reduction should go to the NHS, charitable aims or lower league football.  The harsh reality is that even the richest clubs including West Ham do not have the cash reserves to carry on playing those players forever while no income comes in.

This might not palatable to some but the assumption that mega-rich clubs and billionaire owners can weather the storm is not necessarily true.  Much of the wealth of Premier League football owners is in property and shares which have taken a massive tumble, and few of them have unlimited access to cash.

West Ham will have a rights issue in May to raise £30m from the existing shareholders but this will not cover the £60-£80m cash flow shortfall and more must be done to ensure the Hammers are financially sustainable in the current crisis.

Players need to remember that it was the Premier League that created the amazing wealth and power they and their families now enjoy and they shouldn’t be getting all pretentious on demanding where the player wage reductions should go.

The top-flight clubs need to survive this financial crisis to keep the players in the manner they have become accustomised to, it is as simple as that!

My understanding is the wage proposal is most likely a deferment of 30% of the player’s annual wages and unlikely to be a permanent reduction. If the season is completed in full with crowds they will get their wages refunded.  This standoff needs to end and they need to get behind the football clubs who believed in them by giving them a chance.

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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

3 comments on “Don’t kill the goose that lays the golden eggs

  1. How public spirited of the PFA to be so concerned that the suggested paycut would rob the Government of £200m in taxes ! Absolutely breathtaking ! How wonderfully public spirited these people are ! I would like to invite them to sit back & seriously reflect on the fact that the Government is now losing the taxes that those doctors & nurses who have died are no longer paying ! If they do not genuinely see their responsibilities, & act on them, the public will see them for what they are – money grabbing , selfish idiots who do not give a fig about the rest of us – who in millions of cases are giving up money which WE cannot afford !

  2. The football authorities and indeed any other industry with support from world governments force players to take mandatory pay cuts. They are working at minimum capacity, whilst that is not their fault they do as very well rewarded role models have a responsibility to set the right example.

  3. Another aspect to this is that the TV companies can pay currently vast sums to premier league because they have millions of subscribers paying them for televised football. No football so many will cease subscriptions so no income for tv to pay clubs.
    I stopped my £36 a month sub to talk talk for sky football the day games were postponed. Suspect not the only one!

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