Hearts have confirmed that they will be implementing a temporary wage reduction scheme in a bid to protect jobs.

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, football has been suspended and clubs are unable to count on matchday revenues.

Hearts are feeling the strain (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

That source of income is so crucial to clubs, and the fact football has had to suspend means plenty of sides are now going to struggle financially over the next few months.

Hearts are having to take measures to try and keep everyone together, with owner Ann Budge ready to reduce wages from April.

 

All full-time employees are to take a 50% cut, but the minimum anyone at the club can earn during these uncertain times is £18,135, which is the living wage.

Budge feels the decision is necessary for sustainability (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

A sad situation

Hearts have one of the biggest budgets outside of the Old Firm, so to see the club having to take such measures indicates just how challenging this period is going to be for a lot of smaller clubs.

It is clear the loss of income from ticket sales is going to hit very hard, and there could be more trouble in the offing for relegation-threatened Hearts, who are currently four points adrift of safety at the foot of the Premiership.

That said, Budge has said she’ll seek legal action if the decision is taken to take current standings as final.

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