West Ham chief Karren Brady reveals she is leading by example and taking 30 per cent pay cut to her £898,000 salary amid the coronavirus crisis… as she defends her earnings after coming under fire from fans on Twitter
Lady Karren Brady has revealed she has taken a 30 per cent pay cut to her £898,000 salary to ease the financial burden on West Ham United during the coronavirus crisis.
However, the Hammers vice-chief has still come under attack on Twitter for the size of her earnings.
Brady took time in her weekly column in The Sun to slam the PFA for their handling of the current situation, insisting that Premier League clubs have to be able to slash player wages in order to keep afloat during the pandemic.
Karren Brady has revealed she is taking a 30 per cent pay cut to help pay staff at West Ham
Brady shared her gesture on Twitter after being called out by one individual on the platform
‘With no date for restarting the league, this is having severe financial implications,’ she wrote.
‘Bearing in mind the majority of the broadcast revenue goes to pay the players’ wages it is unthinkable that the PFA don’t seem to understand this.
‘They seem to suggest that the players taking a pay cut means the money somehow goes into the owners pockets which is totally ridiculous.’
Her stance was called into question by one user, and Brady felt the need to respond after being asked if she was taking a cut herself and being told that her ‘hypocrisy was mindblowing’.
‘Yes I am,’ she responded. ‘Reduced by 30% so I can help ensure my staff are paid 100%. What about you?’
The West Ham vice-chair has slammed the PFA for their stance during the coronavirus crisis
The user @johnopenfold hit back again to ask: ‘So you’re still taking approx £700k for a part time job that you’re not very good at then?’, to which Brady responded by refuting the suggestion her wage is that high.
‘My basic salary is NOTHING like that amount,’ she argued, ‘but even if I was I pay 50% tax on it so I can contribute to the country, the NHS and everyone who needs it, including possibly you.’
West Ham’s accounts for the year up until May 2019 showed that Brady earned £1.136million, with £238,000 of that in bonuses.