Gerhard Struber says it was his duty to defer his pay and believes his players will agree something similar in the near future.

The Reds’ head coach agreed to defer a quarter of his salary for the next three months while the club looks to reduce costs during lockdown. The players are negotiating a possible deferral or paycut but are yet to agree a deal. 

Struber told the Chronicle: “It was my decision and, for me, it was a duty to help the club in a difficult situation. We are in exchange with the players and, I think, in the next time we will have a good decision from  the players.”

Cauley Woodrow has been negotiating with chief executive Dane Murphy along  with captain Alex Mowatt and Kenny Dougall. He told the Chronicle: “We have been talking to the club on behalf of all the lads. The negotiations are ongoing but nothing has been finalised. The gaffer has his own salary and it’s down to him to make his decision but we have 25 players on different salaries. Some players are willing to take a deferral and some players aren’t so it is a lot more difficult.”