Aston Villa’s players, first-team coaches and senior management have agreed to defer 25 per cent of their salaries for four months in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League strugglers will not make use of the government-led furlough scheme, with all non-playing staff continuing to be paid in full.

Aston Villa will not be furloughing any of their staff


Aston Villa will not be furloughing any of their staff

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Discussing the decision, Villa chief executive Christian Purslow said: “Our players and staff feel great solidarity with the many clubs in the football pyramid who have financial problems.

“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 have reversed their decisions to furlough staff after widespread criticism from fans.

Newcastle were the first club to place their non-playing staff on temporary leave, while Norwich have also put staff on the job retention scheme.

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