Leicester stars promise to ‘give something back’ to protect their long-term future after conversations with club chefs … as Foxes announce that they will NOT post staff on leave during a coronavirus crisis
- Leicester City has confirmed that they will not put personnel on leave
- They said all informal and non-match day staff will be paid until the end of the season
- Wes Morgan, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy were part of the discussions
Leicester City players have pledged to ‘give something back’ to protect the club’s long-term future during the corona virus crisis.
In a statement released on Friday, Leicester revealed that their team talked this week “ highlighting their collective commitment to the club’s future. ”
The Foxes have confirmed that they intend to retain all permanent staff and do not intend to use the government’s leave scheme. All informal match and non-match day employees are paid until the end of the 2019-20 season.
Leicester stars have pledged to give something back to the club after talks this week
The team’s designated leaders, including Wes Morgan, Christian Fuchs, Kasper Schmeichel and Jamie Vardy, spoke to CEO Susan Whelan, manager Brendan Rodgers and football director Jon Rudkin.
It is clear that, although there is not yet any direct discussion of the topic of cut wages or deferral, there is an amicable spirit for discussions on both sides and that meetings will continue.
Club captain Wes Morgan said: “Once the talks started, it was clear that we all wanted the same thing: to make sure that all the club’s staff were taken care of, to do our part for the people of the city and to make sure the club is in the best possible position when football is ready to return.
Leicester City has confirmed that they will not put their personnel on leave
Kasper Schmeichel added: “The experience of being a member of this club has given us all so much – players and staff – and this is our chance to give something back.
‘We have been through so much together and have come through each challenge stronger as a group. This will be no different.
“We are here to support each other through the directness of this, and when the dust settles and the world is ready to return to football, we will be there and continue the club.”
Leicester has also vowed to provide ‘appropriate support’ to local NHS Trusts and charities, including Age UK, possibly through a volunteer program.
The Foxes further said they have a ‘unified commitment’ to ‘provide safety to our people’
Chief executive Susan Whelan referred to the death of President Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha in 2018, and the club’s Premier League title two years earlier, as events that had brought the club together.
She said, “The current problems aren’t just about money. How we move forward, lead our people and support our communities during this crisis will be a defining moment in Leicester City history, and the weight of responsibility will not be lost on any of us.
‘Our collective experiences of recent years, those of a tragedy and, at other times, of a big party, have welded us together as a group.
“Our legacy will also be determined by how we prepare the club to navigate this situation and how we work together to lead our people out to a brighter future.”