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Tottenham 'ask former boss Mauricio Pochettino to take pay cut' on £8.5m salary amid Covid-19 crisis

By Vincent Ashitey
Levy (left) Mauricio Pochettino (right)
Levy (left) Mauricio Pochettino (right)
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Tottenham have reportedly asked former manager Mauricio Pochettino to take a pay cut on his £8.5million salary.

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs last year and replaced by Jose Mourinho, but is still being paid by the club as part of his severance package.
Tottenham are now attempting to cut costs amid the coronavirus crisis and hope their ex-boss can play his part.

According to the Daily Mail, chairman Daniel Levy has opened talks with Pochettino over a restructuring of his salary.

The club are also looking to strike deals with the Argentine's backroom staff, including coaches Jesus Perez, Miguel D'Agostino and Antoni Jimenez.

Tottenham also remain in talks with Mourinho and his playing staff over a potential pay cut as they face further uncertainty over if and when the Premier League season will resume.

Top-flight clubs will discuss how best to complete the season at a meeting on Friday, when a proposal to finish the campaign by June 30 is expected to be put forward.

All top-flight clubs will convene as the sport continues to grapple with the unprecedented coronavirus crisis gripping the world.

Having previously looked at the matter of finances and player remuneration, the focus of this online meeting is understood to be on how best to complete the remainder of the 2019/20 season.

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Reports have suggested that nine clubs are in favour of ending the campaign by June 30, with the complications of contract expiration dates among the key issues.

But one senior figure at a Premier League club is understood to have expressed surprise that this issue is being considered as a serious factor, given the number of players that would impact and how FIFA are looking at a workaround for such individuals.