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Aberdeen players, management and staff agree £1m wage cut

Pittodrie outfit agrees pay cuts averaging 20% among staff, players and management who earn more than £30,000 a year.

Aberdeen FC players, management and staff have taken £1m worth of wage cuts.

The Pittodrie side has agreed pay cuts averaging 20% among those who earn more than £30,000 a year.

Officials said the cuts were necessary to help close a funding gap after a collapse in income during the coronavirus pandemic.

Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack said: “I’m humbled by the response of our hard‐working and dedicated executives, management, players and staff who have accepted these cuts and the reasons for them.

“They’ve demonstrated a willingness to do what needs to be done to help secure the club’s future.

“As a result of our higher earners sharing in the financial pain inflicted by the coronavirus crisis, we’re able to safeguard jobs and protect the incomes of those on a lower wage.”

The club said it faced a funding gap of around £10m during the 2020/21 season if measures were not taken.

“It was clear that our situation was becoming unsustainable,” said Cormack.

“These cuts help to further reduce our running costs to a more sustainable level against what income we can continue to generate through season ticket sales, memberships and broadcast revenues.”