Just like Rangers - Exclusive: Hutton warns Spurs players will quit amid agent claim
Alan Hutton has warned players will quit if they are forced to take pay cuts after a Tottenham star’s agent suggested they should be able to terminate contracts in such an eventuality.
The former White Hart Lane full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, recalled an exodus at Ibrox when administration forced Rangers into cutting player’s wages.
The Premier League claimed last week that they would ask players to take a 30 percent wage cut but the Players’ Football Association (PFA) is still yet to agree to those terms.
Toby Alderweireld’s agent, Stijn Francis, wrote in the Guardian: “Clubs reducing their players’ wages should accept that the players can terminate their employment for free and these clubs should no longer be able to ask a transfer fee if the player would like to leave.”
Contracts being potentially terminated may be part of the reasoning as to why no top-flight clubs have so far forced their players to take a wage cut or deferral.
When asked by Football Insider if Francis’ comments should worry football clubs, Hutton said: “I think back to when Rangers went into administration and the same thing happened. Pay cuts and then people left. They terminated their contract. It is a really difficult situation.
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“You cannot force people, you need to come to an agreement – a deferral or a wage cut for a certain period and everybody is happy with that I would go along with it.
“But if you forced pay cuts you are going to have all of the players on your back. It would be turning sour if you were doing things like that.
“Everybody’s jobs are up in the air so it is a tough stage but you cannot force people.”
Last week, leading Premier League players launched #PlayersTogether, a coronavirus crisis fund to aid NHS charities in the fight against COVID-19.
In other Tottenham news, it can be REVEALED that London rivals Arsenal have joined the race for Dutch wonderkid.