West Ham United captain Mark Noble finds himself caught up in an increasingly ugly situation over footballer pay cuts.
Football has found itself at the centre of an ugly situation and West Ham – with an annual wage bill of around £60million – are one of many clubs under scrutiny.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady says clubs face financial ruin if players do not take a 30% cut in wages during the enforced break (The Sun).
That in itself has caused Brady her own problems with fans.
Noble takes pay cut to Hammers squad for ‘consideration’
A report at the weekend claimed West Ham skipper Noble has taken the pay cut proposal to the squad for ‘consideration’ (Claret & Hugh).
The Mail and The Mirror reported that players are said to be furious over the proposals to force them into accepting a proposed 30 per cent reduction in wages after the Premier League met the Professional Footballers’ Association on Saturday.
But their revolt intensified with The Mirror revealing how the 20 captains banded together to reject the plans, which one skipper is believed to have branded ‘disgusting’.
Football is not coming out of this situation well against the backdrop of death and economic turmoil.
West Ham skipper caught up in ugly WhatsApp group impasse
But the ugly situation shows no sign of relenting after a new report from The Mirror revealed West Ham captain Noble and his 19 Premier League counterparts are at an impasse with the Premier League over pay cuts.
“Premier League clubs are set for a fresh round of talks with their WhatsApp rebels in a bid to break the pay cuts deadlock,” The Mirror reports.
“But, with unity among the captains of all 20 sides, the clubs fear there is little chance of agreeing the 30 per cent cut proposed at last Friday’s shareholders meeting.
“Each club will now try to find a middle ground with their skippers, who are being urged to stand firm by the WhatsApp group.”
Noble faces being seen as guilty by association by critics
How influential Noble is within the WhatsApp group we don’t know.
But the solidarity between the 20 captains means West Ham’s leader will be unavoidably tarred with the same brush by critics.
Unless of course he breaks ranks and takes West Ham in a different direction based on his own conversations with the Hammers squad.