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Chairman confirms club will ensure players and staff will receive 100% wages for April and for as long as they are able to

16 April 2020

Northampton Town Chairman Kelvin Thomas says the club will look after their players and staff through the Coronavirus pandemic and no one will be asked to take a pay cut or deferral during April.

The EFL and PFA reached an agreement that will allow clubs to defer player wages for April by up to 25%, but Chairman Kelvin Thomas says that is not something the Cobblers will be doing.

"There has been a lot of talk about deferring wages but from our point of view we will not be asking the players or staff for any cuts of deferrals right now," he said.

"We will be paying people 100% for April and we have told everyone we will review things as they happen. Things are very fluid but at the moment we are committed to paying people 100%.

"We are in a decent place as a club. We won't sit here and say that everything is fine because of course there are challenges for us but we are working very hard behind the scenes to get through this. There has been a lot of help from the Government and the EFL and Premier League and we are a well run club who try to do the right thing. Our players and staff are very important to us and we want to do what is right for them and get through things together.

"There might be conversations down the road but I think everyone will understand that if this situation continues for an extended period but for now we can pay 100% and we will do so. It is important for us to do the right thing.

"Our players and staff have responsibilities to families and we respect that and want to support that. We will keep things under review but we will pay 100% wages for as long as we are able to do so and we just hope we can get back out there as soon as it is safe to do so."

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