Luton Town players agree to defer wages to help get club through coronavirus crisis

Luton Town are 23rd in the Championship. Credit: PA

Luton Town players have agreed to defer their wages to help get the club through the coronavirus crisis.

Talks have been ongoing for several weeks between the club's board and the players, and Chief Executive Gary Sweet had warned the players "wouldn't have a club to pay them" if they didn't accept a wage deferral.

Sweet has now confirmed an agreement has finally been reached which will see the players defer their wages for the time being.

They will then be paid their outstanding money at a later date when the financial pressures at the club have eased.

Sweet said he didn't blame the players for the delay, and instead accused the Professional Footballers' Association (the PFA) of poor guidance.

Gary Sweet. Credit: PA

“It is absolutely vital and we were always confident that would happen. They were always willing to do it," he said.

"It was always about the value and how, the terms and the conditions, but ultimately the PFA have got a lot to answer for, in my opinion.

“I think the guidance the players got from the PFA has been pretty haphazard and quite unprofessional, because they have given authority for some clubs to go with deferrals with their squads, but other clubs not.

“As a player, if you’re signed up to what is effectively one of the strongest unions in the world, you’re going to have to listen to them, so I don’t blame the players as much as I do the PFA.

“I’ve been having trouble with them for weeks now so it’s not a problem to me, but I’m pleased it is sorted and it will need to be an ongoing conversation, of course."

Like many clubs, Luton have been left with a gaping hole in their finances due to the lack of matchday revenue they normally rely on.

The Hatters are currently second from bottom in the Championship, six points adrift of safety.