Some of the Sheffield United squad are unhappy with Chris Wilder, reports the Telegraph. This is after Wilder negotiated his own wage deferral before an agreement was finalised on theirs.
It was announced on Tuesday that the Blades first team would take a temporary 10 percent cut to their pay packet. This will be in effect for the next six months, from May to October.
It came a day after the announcement that Wilder, his senior coaching staff and CEO Stephen Bettis had also accepted a 10 percent wage deferral.
United have become the latest Premier League side to take a pay cut to help out their club during the coronavirus pandemic.
Watford are also set to agree a wage deferral, as reported by BBC Sport. Southampton and West Ham United have confirmed their players will defer part of their salaries too.
Meanwhile, the majority of the Arsenal players have agreed a 12.5 percent wage cut. The Chelsea squad also will take a 10 percent cut to their salary for the next four months.
Why some of the Sheffield United squad are unhappy
Some of the Blades players feel that Wilder quickly agreeing and revealing his wage cut publicly put unnecessary pressure on them to follow suit.
They weren’t against a pay deferral to help out the club. But they wanted to wait a little longer until there was more clarity about how the outbreak would affect football.
It is still not known when the Premier League might resume, with fixtures having been indefinitely suspended since March 13. It is also not known what financial impact it will have on United.
With no concrete return date as yet, deferring their wages until October is thought to be a point of contention as well.
Many players doubted how much impact a 10 percent wage deferral would have. The Blades squad are among the lowest paid in the division. They earn £20,000-a-week on average.
Therefore, Wilder, Bettis and other coaching staff separately agreeing and announcing their own wage cut has not gone down well.