Lambert offers to defer his wages to limit any potential club redundancies

Town boss Paul Lambert has confirmed he will be offering to defer his wages to help assist the club’s staff during the coronavirus crisis.

Writing in The Telegraph, the Town manager wrote: “We are all experiencing an incredible situation across the world and a wage deferral is the least I can do as a football manager,”

“I am desperate to help in any way I can, and myself and the coaching staff are all happy to assist the club in these difficult times. 

“There are a lot of people who could lose jobs during this horrible period of uncertainty and nobody wants that to happen. 

“We are all fortunate to work in a great sport but we’re all equal – we all breathe the same and say the same things, and are no better than anyone else. Everybody in football has to stop and think about what is right. 

“This is an unprecedented scenario for everyone and I’m speaking to the sporting director (Lee O’Neill, general manager of football operations) on Thursday night and I will certainly consider what is right for the club.”

Meanwhile, the club have announced they will pay tribute to the fantastic work of the NHS and those others playing a leading role in the battle against Covid-19 when football resumes at Portman Road.

“We have had initial discussions about how we as a Club can show our appreciation to the NHS workers in particular,” Town’s PR manager, Dan Palfrey, told the Club website.

“At the moment, the best thing we can do for the NHS is to stay at home but when the time is right and we are back playing football again, we will be inviting doctors, nurses and other NHS staff who work within the county to be our guests for a game.

“We will provide free tickets for as many as we can and we intend to ask some representatives to lead the teams out as our Community Champions. We would aim to get as many NHS workers out on the pitch as we can so we can all have an opportunity to show our gratitude.

“It will definitely happen. It’s just a case of when. If the current season resumes in front of supporters, then we will look to do it then. If not, it will be at the start of next season.

“We will also look at recognising other areas that are playing a part for the country during the pandemic like the supermarket workers and carers.” 

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