Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League figure to take a voluntary pay cut during the coronavirus health crisis.
The Premier League has come to an unprecedented halt due to the outbreak of COVID-19, with the season suspended until at least April 30.
The Cherries revealed in a statement that chief executive Neill Blake, first-team technical director Richard Hughes, manager Howe and assistant Jason Tindall have all waived a significant chunk of their salaries to help other employees of the south coast club.
The statement from the board of directors read: “As the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic continues to gather pace, there are far more questions than answers regarding its effects.
“One thing is for certain, however; the wellbeing of our employees, supporters, local communities and everyone around the world is of far greater significance than football matches.
Giving COVID-19 the red card
The quicker we work together to stop coronavirus spreading, the sooner we can get back into the pub, the gyms and stadiums and arenas to see live sport again…
1. Practice social distancing by remaining two metres apart from others.
2. Wash your hands regularly
3. Self isolate if you have a fever or cough
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
For more info and tips, visit the NHS website.
The government has also issued its guidance on social distancing.
Everyone should do what they can to stop coronavirus spreading.