Paul McGowan says a clause in every players contract could allow clubs to pay their playing staff nothing during the football shutdown.
The Dundee midfielder is one of many waiting for clarity over the 2019/20 season. It’s up in the air for now as Scottish football undergoes an indefinite suspension courtesy of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Clubs will obviously struggle for revenue streams at this time and some may be forced to take drastic financial action. Dundee’s McGowan says a clause in each SPFL man’s paperwork could free financial burdens.
“The PFA messaged us to say there is something in the contracts where if something like this happens they don’t need to pay us,” McGowan told Open Goal. “There is a clause in there and the PFA are taking it up with the lawyers just now.
“Whether the clubs take that up I don’t know. I don’t think the season is going to finish the way it is going.”
Unless it gets really bad for some clubs, this will likely be a last resort if indeed this clause is a plausible option. It would be extremely tough for clubs to simply cut all wages for their playing staff.
Hearts for now are the most high-profile team in Scotland to slash their wage bill, trimming it by 50% as they aim to sustain themselves. It’s likely that others will be in the same boat now or very shortly.
If such a clause can be activated, it’s no winder some players are beginning to feel a bit nervy.