Pep Guardiola and senior Man City officials take pay cuts amid coronavirus crisis

Freddie Pye

Pep Guardiola and several senior figures at Manchester City have taken pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Times.

Prior to the death of his mother from COVID-19 in Barcelona on Monday, Pep Guardiola had agreed in principle during talks with Manchester City to take a cut to his £20 million annual salary to aid the club and non-playing staff.

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In addition to the head coach, it is reported that Txiki Begiristain, director of football, and Ferran Soriano, chief executive, are among senior executives at the club to have also agreed to pay cuts to ensure that non-playing staff receive their wages in full while football comes to terms with significant financial losses as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The same report goes on to suggest that other senior executives within City Football Group's portfolio of clubs have also agreed to take pay cuts - although their percentage figure to be waived has not yet been determined due to the unknown severity of the financial impact from COVID-19.

There is also an agreement amongst Manchester City players to take some form of pay cut although there is nothing formal as yet.

These latest developments follow on from significant acts of generosity from the club in recent weeks such as food banks donations, complete wages being paid to non-matchday staff, and the Etihad Stadium itself being handed to the NHS to aid in the fight against the virus in the North-West.

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