The president of PFA Scotland union Fraser Wishart has expressed his surprise about Hearts’ decision to halve wages of full-time employees.

Owner Ann Budge moved last week to take measures to help the Jambos sustain, while football is currently suspended in Scotland – and indeed in many parts of the world –  due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Workers at Tynecastle have been requested to halve their wages from April, with the suspension meaning no matchday income for clubs.

Hearts are one of many facing an uncertain future (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Steven Naismith has already explained he is happy to reduce his wages, while manager Daniel Stendel is now working for free in a bid to try and help protect jobs.

The club’s decision has taken Wishart by surprise, and it’s prompted him to urge others not to follow suit, but to instead consider looking into deferral payments.

He told Sky Sports News: “I was a bit surprised at the time that Hearts went down that route but like every other club, they are looking at their own financial situation.

Wishart expressed his surprise at Hearts (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

“We advised Hearts players – and players up and down the country – to get together as a group and discuss the situation.

“We are saying to our members, get four or five senior players, speak to the club chairmen and directors and make sure we have a fair deal for all and that we have 42 clubs at the end of this situation.

“Our advice, rather than talking about cuts, is deferrals.

Budge is trying to sustain Hearts (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“So we are saying to clubs and players – look at deferring a chunk of wages. What can the players afford? Our players aren’t massively paid outside of the top three or four clubs.

“There has to be a fair deal for the players but also one which helps the clubs go forward.”

With no end in sight to the global pandemic, the pressure is no doubt going to crank up on small football clubs across the world.

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