Aston Villa’s first-team squad, coaches and senior management are the latest to agree to a deferral of wages which will see them 25 per cent worse off for four months.
And non playing staff will be retained and paid in full during the lockdown with the midlands outfit taking no advantage of the government furlough scheme.
“Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems,” Aston Villa’s chief executive Christian Purslow said.
“We believe it is right and proper that the Premier League as a whole takes action on its finances collectively to enable it to be able to continue to provide vital funding throughout the game in England.”
Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth reversed their decisions to furlough staff, while Newcastle United were the first club to place their non-playing staff on temporary leave and Norwich have also put staff on the job retention scheme.