The stark reality of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact on Aberdeen Football Club were realised today after the club announced that has begun talks with players, management and staff about temporary wage cuts.
With the prospect of no crowds at Pittodrie for ten months, it has forced the move to safeguard jobs, protect lower paid employees and support the club’s community projects.
In a statement on the club website, Dave Cormack said: “Throughout this challenging period, the board has pledged to do what it can to safe-guard jobs, protect those on lower incomes, ensure the economic viability of the Club and support the community outreach campaign through calls and food deliveries to those most in need.
“Our initial assumptions were that we’d get back to playing football in front of crowds in September. The reality is that we now face playing games behind closed doors and, perhaps, with limited crowds until at least January.
“We said right at the start of this that no club, not even one as financially robust as Aberdeen, could withstand a collapse of income that extended beyond September. Back playing in front of fans, hopefully in January 2021, will mean a ten-month period with limited income. The financial situation we therefore face is stark.
“I am confident that the board, management, staff and players will continue to pull together to do what’s best for the Club. Our goal remains to do everything we can to look after our people and continue to invest in the success of our Club on the field.”
71% of the Red Army have indicated through the AFC Big Supporters Survey 2020, that they have concerns about the financial impact of COVID-19 on the club.
You can still donate to the Once A Don fundraising initiative to help address the financial shortfall of the club. A GoFundMe page has been setup by a number of supporters to help support the club during this difficult time, you can also donate directly from our homepage – but only if you can afford too.