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Hull City squad consider wage deferral

Adam Pearson
Pearson is hoping to get playing costs down at the KC Stadium

Hull City's players are considering a request to defer some of their wages as the club bids to reduce debts of £35m after relegation to the Championship.

Professional Footballers' Association senior executive Richard Jobson, a former Tigers defender, held "a fairly positive meeting" with the squad.

"They are obviously concerned at the financial state of the club and showed a willingness to cooperate," he said.

The delayed wages would be paid once the club's finances are in shape.

Hull have released financial information to the PFA's lawyers to allow them to draw up a potential timescale for repayment.

The PFA is planning to meet the players again after talks with their lawyers later on Thursday.

It has been reported that the Hull squad are weighing up a temporary drop of around 30% in their wages.


The offer was made by the club's new head of football operations Adam Pearson, who wants to reduce their wage bill.

Earlier Pearson said: "We have talked to the players and they are going away to think about it. The players were given those contracts, they didn't ask for them."

Hull City have appointed an insolvency expert on to their board as they try to address their financial problems and avoid administration.

They had publicly stated that they would have to slash their wage bill if they were relegated from the Premier League.

"It is a quite a common practice. The one I was most recently involved with was Darlington last year," added Jobson.

Darlington were placed in administration in February 2009, but emerged six months later to begin their League Two campaign without a points penalty.

Hull are also due to meet manager Phil Brown, who has been on gardening leave since March. It is expected that he will be offered of a severance package.

Iain Dowie was put in temporary charge of the Tigers until the end of the season but failed to keep them in the top flight, savouring only one win in nine matches.

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Hull move to deal with finances
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Brown not ruling out Hull return
09 May 10 |  Hull
Dowie hopes to stay as Hull boss
03 May 10 |  Hull
Hull deny administration rumours
29 Apr 10 |  Hull
Hull chief plans radical overhaul
24 Apr 10 |  Hull

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