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Saints Confirm They Will Continue To Pay Non Playing Staff
Thursday, 9th Apr 2020 10:36

Ralph Hasenhuttl and his squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries and Chairman Gao will also put his hand in his pocket to ensure that all non playing employees continue to receive 100% of their wages.

A club statement issued this morning confirmed that Saints have put measures in place to ensure the continuing stability of the club during these testing times, the statement below read:

Southampton Football Club has agreed to put in place the following measures as part of its ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In keeping with government advice, all activity at Staplewood Campus, St Mary’s Stadium and our other sites continue to be suspended except for essential activities. This situation will be reviewed at the end of April.

In addition, the board of directors, the first-team manager, his coaching staff and the first-team squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.

Furthermore, the club can confirm that it will not use the government’s Job Retention Scheme during April, May and June. Our owners, Mr. Gao and Katharina Liebherr, have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June. Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known.

In these unprecedented times we are dealing with many challenges to our business model and day-to-day operations. The situation is ever-evolving and we will continue to monitor and assess the impact to the club over the coming weeks before deciding any further action necessary.

Everyone at the club remains fully committed to the community we value so highly in Southampton. We will continue to offer our full support to the city of Southampton through the work of the Saints Foundation and provide any further assistance we can.

We ask everyone connected to the club and the city of Southampton to listen and adhere to the government’s advice.

Meanwhile, we will continue to prepare our club for a return to the pitch and make sure that, when safe, we are ready to play and serve the people of Southampton again.

Until then, We March On. Together.

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saintpete01 added 11:30 - Apr 9
Well Done to all at the club and the chairman
Great outcome very proud of SFC

bstokesaint added 12:26 - Apr 9
It’s the right thing to do and proud of us for getting their first. In times like this you can determine what kind of club you support!

A1079 added 12:34 - Apr 9
There have been times when I have been elated with my club and times when I have been frustrated and bewildered, but today, unequivocally I am delighted with the approach and decision they have taken and can only applaud them for coming to what I believe is the correct decision. If Liverpool had done this, Radio 5, Sky Sports et al would be all over it, but whether the media are or not, well done SFC and to those that worked to come up with this outcome.

highfield49 added 12:53 - Apr 9
Maybe Gao and Kat aren't the people that so many have criticised for their alleged asset stripping money grabbing attitude? So proud of the team I support.

the_saint added 16:58 - Apr 9
Class act so proud of my club

the_saint added 17:00 - Apr 9
I hope when this is all over with our nhs should be knighted or given honours from the queen instead of all the rich and famous that are cowering in there second home

Block8 added 22:17 - Apr 9
All we ever really want as fans is to be able to be proud of our clubs.
We may be a relatively small fish in a big pond but today we made one hell of a splash!
Proud to be a Saint 💖💖💖

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