Jose Mourinho had indicated that he is open to taking a wage cut if the club require him to do so but insisted that it is something he and his players are not thinking about until the end of the season.
Spurs are reportedly one of the worst-hit clubs by the financial downturn as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the North Londoners being heavily reliant on matchday revenue to be able to pay off the debt remaining on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium (Forbes).
The Athletic reported at the end of April that Daniel Levy has no plans to approach Tottenham’s playing squad to secure an agreement over a wage cut or a deferral until there are greater clarity over the club’s finances.
It was said that the Tottenham chairman wants to accurately quantify the losses they stand to make before making decisions on when and where cuts are required.
Mourinho has now said that he will support the club as well as his players in the decision they make regarding wage cuts.
He also insisted that the players were now focused on qualifying for Europe, to give a boost to the club’s finances.
As quoted by Football.London, the Spurs boss said: “I am with my club and I am with my players.
“The decision of my club and my players are my decisions, always. Always. So with me, zero problems.
“I am happy to defend the players and defend the club. In the end we are all the same, but in this moment, I’m not thinking about it at all.
“I think we have one month to think about playing football almost every three days and to try to get the best position for us.
“If we get a Champions League position, we’re helping the club. If we get a Europa League position, we’re helping less but we’re still helping the club.
“If we don’t get a Europa League position, we’re not helping the club in the relation to that extra money.
“So the focus is on getting results, performing and finishing the season the best we can.
“After that, what my players and my club decide, I will be always with them.”
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Missing out on Champions League qualification will be a major blow for our finances given the troubles the club is already going through. One would imagine that our transfer budget this summer also would depend to a large extent on whether or not we finish in the top four.
I am sure Jose will be well aware of the importance of Champions League qualification. Following the draw against Manchester United, we now have almost no margin for error in the final eight games of the season if we want to sneak into fourth place.
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