Former Spurs star issues warning to clubs over potential wage cut implications

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Alan Hutton
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Former Tottenham defender, Alan Hutton, has warned clubs that players could walk away from their contracts should they have wage-cuts forced upon them.

All Premier League clubs had initially agreed to approach their own playing staff about taking wage cuts or deferrals but the talks have been ongoing for weeks now and negotiations seem to have hit a dead-end (Athletic).

While the Premier League stars have come together to launch a collective initiative to help generate funds for the National Health Service (BBC Sport), they have so far refused to accept pay cuts (PFA statement).

Toby Alderweireld’s agent, Stijn Francis, further escalated the row last week by controversially suggesting that players should be allowed to break the terms of their contracts if the clubs themselves can no longer honour them (Guardian).

While Francis has been criticised for his remarks, Hutton recalls a similar time in which players terminated their contracts due to wage cuts at Rangers.

Reacting to Francis’ statement, the ex-Scotland international told Football Insider: “I think back to when Rangers went into administration and the same thing happened. Pay cuts and then people left. They terminated their contract. It is a really difficult situation.

“You cannot force people, you need to come to an agreement – a deferral or a wage cut for a certain period and everybody is happy with that I would go along with it.

“But if you forced pay cuts you are going to have all of the players on your back. It would be turning sour if you were doing things like that.

“Everybody’s jobs are up in the air so it is a tough stage but you cannot force people.”

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The reality is that clubs are not in a position to force players to accept cuts. The players are well represented these days and it looks like they are determined to fight the proposed 30 per cent cuts. I believe however that the players do hold some responsibility to take cuts in the instances where their clubs are struggling financially. However, this has to be examined on a club-by-club basis.

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