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Brentford stadium building all but stopped

Last Updated: 03/04/20 5:36pm

Brentford's new stadium was about to enter its final 'practical completion' phase

Brentford's new stadium was about to enter its final 'practical completion' phase

Building on Brentford's new Community Stadium has all but stopped in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic - but it will be impossible for the club to be left without a home when football resumes.

The new 17,500-seater ground at Lionel Road was about to enter its final 'practical completion' phase in the coming weeks, but its 400 workers have now been stripped back to a bare minimum.

The only work to continue on the site will be anything deemed hazardous unless it is finished immediately plus security, and those workers remaining are said to be practicing social distancing measures.

Brentford are fourth in the Championship

Brentford are fourth in the Championship

Brentford were due to leave Griffin Park - their home of 116 years - in the summer and move into their new base next season, but the demolition of the old ground cannot commence until a safety certificate for the new one has been issued upon completion.

So with the Bees fourth in the Championship with four home games remaining, they have not already played their final game at Griffin Park.

Brentford would need special dispensation from the EFL to complete the season in their new ground anyway, because league rules dictate clubs can only play their home games in one ground per season.

Brentford were due to leave Griffin Park in the summer

Brentford were due to leave Griffin Park in the summer

The club are forming financial contingency plans to go as long as 12 months without regular football, despite the EFL's hope that matches will resume sometime in the summer.

And they have decided to furlough most of their non-playing staff as a result, after their players became the first in the English leagues to defer a portion of their wages - exclusively revealed by Sky Sports News on Tuesday.

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PL, EFL and WSL seasons suspended indefinitely

PL: "The 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so."; EFL: "The situation will be kept under constant review."

Last Updated: 03/04/20 4:57pm

Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 was the last Premier League game to be played before the suspension due to coronavirus

Leicester's 4-0 win over Aston Villa on March 9 was the last Premier League game to be played before the suspension due to coronavirus

Football in England has been suspended indefinitely due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Premier League, EFL, FA Women's Super League and FA Women's Championship have all been suspended - with matches only set to resume when it is safe to do according to the latest government guidance.

The Premier League had been suspended until April 30 but, after a meeting on Friday, a statement read: "It was acknowledged that the Premier League will not resume at the beginning of May - and that the 2019-20 season will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.

Leeds United are a point clear at the top of the Championship - but the season has been suspended indefinitely

Leeds United are a point clear at the top of the Championship - but the season has been suspended indefinitely

"The restart date is under constant review with all stakeholders, as the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic develops and we work together through this very challenging time."

It is a similar story in the rest of English football, with the EFL, Women's Super League and Women's Championship also suspended.

Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal is the joint-top scorer in the Women's Super League

Vivianne Miedema of Arsenal is the joint-top scorer in the Women's Super League

An EFL statement read: "Football is committed in supporting the Government's efforts in tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and the staging of football matches in this country.

"It is clearly something that simply cannot happen at this time.

"The thoughts of everyone associated with the EFL and its member Clubs are with anyone currently affected by the coronavirus.

"The situation will be kept under constant review with matches only returning at an appropriate point and based on the latest guidance provided by the relevant Government departments and health authorities."

The Premier League has announced its intention to assist the EFL and the National League, with clubs at that level hardest hit by the loss of matchday revenue.

The Premier League will assist clubs lower in the pyramid with funds of £125m

The Premier League will assist clubs lower in the pyramid with funds of £125m

The Premier League said: "The League unanimously voted to advance funds of £125m to the EFL and National League, as it is aware of the severe difficulties clubs throughout the football pyramid are suffering at this time.

The EFL responded: "The EFL notes and appreciates the decision taken today by the Premier League in respect of the short-term financial relief it is to provide EFL clubs through the advancement of solidarity payments, parachute payments and academy Grants.

"These actions will have a positive impact on individual clubs across our three divisions at a difficult and uncertain time."

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Brighton among clubs to agree wage deferrals

Last Updated: 02/04/20 2:03pm

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Senior staff at Brighton, Swansea and Huddersfield have agreed to take wage deferrals in an attempt to ease the financial uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Brighton's deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, technical director Dan Ashworth and head coach Graham Potter have each taken a significant voluntary pay cut for the next three months.

Barber has confirmed the trio have taken a reduction in their salary for the months of April, May and June, in order to support chairman Tony Bloom's "significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity".

Swansea boss Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both agreed to take wage deferrals, with the club expected to confirm more cases applying to other senior members of staff this month.

The board of directors and senior management team at fellow Championship side Huddersfield have also volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next two months.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

The move by Cooper and Birch comes after Swansea confirmed this week it was asking the majority of non-playing staff who will not be undertaking work at the club to be placed on furlough leave under the government's job retention scheme to protect jobs during the crisis.

The scheme provides for 80 per cent of the employees' wages to be covered by a government grant and the club has made the decision to top up the remaining 20 per cent.

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Those staff on zero hours contracts will also be placed on the scheme and receive their full average pay based on three months of earning since January, while casual match day staff is currently being reviewed after the remaining four fixtures of the regular season were postponed.

Staff will be on furlough leave for a minimum of three weeks under the government scheme. They will not be allowed to work for the club during this period but can be recalled to work following notice if required. They will continue to receive normal benefits such as pension contributions.

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea chairman Birch told the club's official website: "In these difficult circumstances we as a club are doing our bit to support the wider community and assist those doing such great work in the NHS, emergency services, voluntary, food and medical sectors, including offering the stadium to the emergency services.

"However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the re-starting of the season and its financial implications, we will also need to do all we can to protect the financial integrity of the club.

5:01 Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

"We need to give ourselves the best prospect of emerging from this crisis intact with all our workforce still in jobs and the club remaining a viable business going forwards.

"As such, we have had to identify the majority of our non-playing staff for furlough, which will mean that they will not undertake any work but will still receive their full salary. While the government will provide a grant of 80 per cent of the salary for the immediate future, this amount will be topped up by the club to 100 per cent of their existing salary.

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"These are obviously very difficult times for us all and we are working hard to safeguard all staff through this difficult period. Staff are important to us as people as well as employees. But we also have to take measures that ensure we emerge from this crisis not only physically intact but also financially safe.

"The players are willing and will be doing their bit to protect the club too. In this regard, ongoing discussions are taking place with the EFL and the PFA along with other Championship clubs where it is hoped there will be a collective agreement reached.

0:31 Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

"In the meantime, the manager and myself thought it was important to take a lead in these uncertain times and have agreed to defer a substantial amount of our wages going forward. Everyone has to play their part in helping to secure the future of this football club and its loyal staff.''

Swansea boss Cooper added: "Everyone has to pull together during these difficult times in the hope that we can come through it as unscathed as possible.

"The club has confirmed this week that it will be placing a number of staff on furlough leave - and it is a credit to the club that they will retain 100 per cent of their wages - but it is important that as senior figures we play our part as well.

"This football club is so important to the supporters and the city, and the fact that I am taking a wage deferral is the least I can do.''

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Brighton among clubs to agree wage deferrals

Last Updated: 02/04/20 2:03pm

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Senior staff at Brighton, Swansea and Huddersfield have agreed to take wage deferrals in an attempt to ease the financial uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Brighton's deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, technical director Dan Ashworth and head coach Graham Potter have each taken a significant voluntary pay cut for the next three months.

Barber has confirmed the trio have taken a reduction in their salary for the months of April, May and June, in order to support chairman Tony Bloom's "significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity".

Swansea boss Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both agreed to take wage deferrals, with the club expected to confirm more cases applying to other senior members of staff this month.

The board of directors and senior management team at fellow Championship side Huddersfield have also volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next two months.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

The move by Cooper and Birch comes after Swansea confirmed this week it was asking the majority of non-playing staff who will not be undertaking work at the club to be placed on furlough leave under the government's job retention scheme to protect jobs during the crisis.

The scheme provides for 80 per cent of the employees' wages to be covered by a government grant and the club has made the decision to top up the remaining 20 per cent.

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Those staff on zero hours contracts will also be placed on the scheme and receive their full average pay based on three months of earning since January, while casual match day staff is currently being reviewed after the remaining four fixtures of the regular season were postponed.

Staff will be on furlough leave for a minimum of three weeks under the government scheme. They will not be allowed to work for the club during this period but can be recalled to work following notice if required. They will continue to receive normal benefits such as pension contributions.

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea chairman Birch told the club's official website: "In these difficult circumstances we as a club are doing our bit to support the wider community and assist those doing such great work in the NHS, emergency services, voluntary, food and medical sectors, including offering the stadium to the emergency services.

"However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the re-starting of the season and its financial implications, we will also need to do all we can to protect the financial integrity of the club.

5:01 Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

"We need to give ourselves the best prospect of emerging from this crisis intact with all our workforce still in jobs and the club remaining a viable business going forwards.

"As such, we have had to identify the majority of our non-playing staff for furlough, which will mean that they will not undertake any work but will still receive their full salary. While the government will provide a grant of 80 per cent of the salary for the immediate future, this amount will be topped up by the club to 100 per cent of their existing salary.

Off Script: Inside Man Utd's transfers with Nev

In the latest Off Script, Gary Neville gives a fascinating insight into Manchester United's transfers under Sir Alex Ferguson

"These are obviously very difficult times for us all and we are working hard to safeguard all staff through this difficult period. Staff are important to us as people as well as employees. But we also have to take measures that ensure we emerge from this crisis not only physically intact but also financially safe.

"The players are willing and will be doing their bit to protect the club too. In this regard, ongoing discussions are taking place with the EFL and the PFA along with other Championship clubs where it is hoped there will be a collective agreement reached.

0:31 Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

"In the meantime, the manager and myself thought it was important to take a lead in these uncertain times and have agreed to defer a substantial amount of our wages going forward. Everyone has to play their part in helping to secure the future of this football club and its loyal staff.''

Swansea boss Cooper added: "Everyone has to pull together during these difficult times in the hope that we can come through it as unscathed as possible.

"The club has confirmed this week that it will be placing a number of staff on furlough leave - and it is a credit to the club that they will retain 100 per cent of their wages - but it is important that as senior figures we play our part as well.

"This football club is so important to the supporters and the city, and the fact that I am taking a wage deferral is the least I can do.''

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Brighton among clubs to agree wage deferrals

Last Updated: 02/04/20 2:03pm

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Brighton head coach Graham Potter has taken a voluntary pay cut for the next three months

Senior staff at Brighton, Swansea and Huddersfield have agreed to take wage deferrals in an attempt to ease the financial uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

Brighton's deputy chairman and chief executive Paul Barber, technical director Dan Ashworth and head coach Graham Potter have each taken a significant voluntary pay cut for the next three months.

Barber has confirmed the trio have taken a reduction in their salary for the months of April, May and June, in order to support chairman Tony Bloom's "significant efforts to protect all jobs at our club and charity".

Swansea boss Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both agreed to take wage deferrals, with the club expected to confirm more cases applying to other senior members of staff this month.

The board of directors and senior management team at fellow Championship side Huddersfield have also volunteered to take a salary deferral for the next two months.

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

Swansea manager Steve Cooper and chairman Trevor Birch have both voluntarily agreed to wage deferrals

The move by Cooper and Birch comes after Swansea confirmed this week it was asking the majority of non-playing staff who will not be undertaking work at the club to be placed on furlough leave under the government's job retention scheme to protect jobs during the crisis.

The scheme provides for 80 per cent of the employees' wages to be covered by a government grant and the club has made the decision to top up the remaining 20 per cent.

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Huddersfield are ensuring all regular staff are fully paid over the next two months

Those staff on zero hours contracts will also be placed on the scheme and receive their full average pay based on three months of earning since January, while casual match day staff is currently being reviewed after the remaining four fixtures of the regular season were postponed.

Staff will be on furlough leave for a minimum of three weeks under the government scheme. They will not be allowed to work for the club during this period but can be recalled to work following notice if required. They will continue to receive normal benefits such as pension contributions.

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea are expected to confirm further wage deferrals by other senior members of staff this month

Swansea chairman Birch told the club's official website: "In these difficult circumstances we as a club are doing our bit to support the wider community and assist those doing such great work in the NHS, emergency services, voluntary, food and medical sectors, including offering the stadium to the emergency services.

"However, because of the uncertainty surrounding the re-starting of the season and its financial implications, we will also need to do all we can to protect the financial integrity of the club.

5:01 Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

Sky Sports' Alan McInally says the top earners in the Premier League can afford to take a pay cut to help their clubs deal with the financial impact of the coronavirus

"We need to give ourselves the best prospect of emerging from this crisis intact with all our workforce still in jobs and the club remaining a viable business going forwards.

"As such, we have had to identify the majority of our non-playing staff for furlough, which will mean that they will not undertake any work but will still receive their full salary. While the government will provide a grant of 80 per cent of the salary for the immediate future, this amount will be topped up by the club to 100 per cent of their existing salary.

Off Script: Inside Man Utd's transfers with Nev

In the latest Off Script, Gary Neville gives a fascinating insight into Manchester United's transfers under Sir Alex Ferguson

"These are obviously very difficult times for us all and we are working hard to safeguard all staff through this difficult period. Staff are important to us as people as well as employees. But we also have to take measures that ensure we emerge from this crisis not only physically intact but also financially safe.

"The players are willing and will be doing their bit to protect the club too. In this regard, ongoing discussions are taking place with the EFL and the PFA along with other Championship clubs where it is hoped there will be a collective agreement reached.

0:31 Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

Former Nice and Barnsley CEO Gauthier Ganaye says the economic impact of cancelling the season would be too huge for it not to be completed

"In the meantime, the manager and myself thought it was important to take a lead in these uncertain times and have agreed to defer a substantial amount of our wages going forward. Everyone has to play their part in helping to secure the future of this football club and its loyal staff.''

Swansea boss Cooper added: "Everyone has to pull together during these difficult times in the hope that we can come through it as unscathed as possible.

"The club has confirmed this week that it will be placing a number of staff on furlough leave - and it is a credit to the club that they will retain 100 per cent of their wages - but it is important that as senior figures we play our part as well.

"This football club is so important to the supporters and the city, and the fact that I am taking a wage deferral is the least I can do.''

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