No agreement reached yet on Sheffield Wednesday player wage deferral

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Negotiations over how best to administer player wage deferrals across the Championship are ongoing, with Sheffield Wednesday one of the clubs yet to agree a deal as the suspension of football enters its sixth week.

Yesterday the EFL made public recommendations they have made to clubs in both League One and League Two over conditional wage deferrals for April, which amount to the full payment of players earning less than £2,500 per month and a 25 per cent reduction of wages above that.

Any such recommendation is yet to be made at Championship level and it is not yet clear what stage Sheffield Wednesday are at – along with a number of other Championship clubs – in talks with the EFL and PFA.

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The same statement read: “The current position in respect of the Championship is that Clubs last week agreed to conduct wage negotiations with players at a local level while making financial information available to support their position.

“A number of Championship Clubs have concluded agreements with players and others will be holding discussions this week.”

Wednesday furloughed several non-playing staff members at the start of the month, though they will be paid in full.

It is understood that players earning over £6,000 per week at the Owls’ Championship rivals Birmingham City have agreed a 50 per cent for the next four months, while Brentford players agreed to have their wages capped at £5,000 per week ‘until football resumes’.

Players and staff at Wednesday’s Yorkshire rivals Leeds United volunteered to take a wage cut on March 26.