Former Jambo John Sutton has insisted Hearts must be open and honest with their communication during this difficult time.

His old club are implementing wage cuts at Tynecastle to commence in April, although it is thought there are still some players still deciding whether to accept.

Owner Ann Budge has acted quickly following the suspension of Scottish football, believing cuts to be necessary in order for the football club to sustain.

The Jambos are rock bottom of the Premiership (Photo by Ewan Bootman/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

There have been many reports about the situation at Tynecastle, the latest batch being that the request has now turned into an order, although the club have dismissed this notion.

Hearts, currently bottom of the Premiership, are unable to bring in any revenue from matchdays right now, with football on hold indefinitely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Football clubs far and wide face uncertain futures, with staff and players still needing to be paid.

Sutton was at the club during the Vladimir Romanov era, and one thing he is urging is for Hearts officials to just be transparent.

Sutton has called for transparency from Hearts (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

He said (Daily Record): “Nobody could have seen this coming and it’s hard to see when it’s going to end. Every club will suffer not just Hearts.

“One thing I would say – if you communicate with players, if you’re open and honest, then common ground can often be found and everyone can come out a little happier.

“That’s what I learned from my time at Hearts. You are talking about 50 percent cuts now but at times when I was at the club you wondered if you were going to get paid anything at all.”

Sutton then admitted the club had at one point asked players to defer wages to a specific date, with many appreciative of that option during times of hardship.

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