Wayne Rooney’s Derby County Players & Staff Agree Wage Deferral Over Coronavirus Pandemic

Derby County players and staff have agreed to take wage deferrals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Championship side has not revealed how big a percentage of wages are being deferred but said it was “considerably more than has been reported”.

Last week a spokesman for captain Wayne Rooney denied the former England skipper was leading a player rebellion over wage deferral talks.

A Rams statement “specifically” thanked Rooney for his “help and support”.

The statement also acknowledged the role played by Curtis Davies, the Professional Footballers Association’s club representative.

Derby boss Phillip Cocu and his coaching team, plus chief executive Stephen Pearce and his staff have agreed “significant” deferrals, with the statement adding:

“The measures have been agreed as part of the ongoing work to protect the future of the club, our staff and the communities we serve, during these unprecedented times.”

The Rams are one of several Championship team to agree wage deferrals including Leeds United, Wigan, Bristol City, Cardiff City and Swansea City.

And some Premier League clubs have agreed wage deferrals with players, including West Ham United, Sheffield United, Southampton and Watford. Arsenal players will take a 12.5% wage cut.

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