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🗨️ “We’re no saints, we just wanted to do something that can help the club”

Royals boss speaks to former Royals skipper Ady Williams on his wage deferral offer during the current crisis

18 April 2020

“I’m in constant, almost daily, contact with Nigel and we sat down and thought it was time to make a gesture,” Royals manager Mark Bowen told BBC Radio Berkshire.

“I fully understand that at this current time that everyone is trying to find something we can do to try and help things. And, in our case at Reading Football Club, we’ve got a very generous owner who has committed so much to this club so far – so as we are struggling with a little bit of cashflow, you naturally try to do anything you can to help.

“It’s something Nigel, myself - and Eddie Niedzwiecki and John O’Shea, who are also making contributions – something we just decided upon as, at this time, it was right for the club.

“That’s all it is, we’re not saints! You just try to do the correct thing and make a gesture that might help the club. And that is what we have decided to do.

“I know the players want to help too. I know that our players are currently in discussions with the club – thinking about what the best way is for them to make a gesture.

“It is perhaps a little easier for Nigel and I to agree on something because it’s just the two of us; when you’ve got a lot of players on a lot of different levels of pay, it is slightly more complicated. But be in no doubt, the players are going to do their own thing.”

“In these troubled times, people are dying. So that is the key thing for the whole country to focus on right now. But as a football person, I also believe that the sooner we can get back playing football, it will be a massive fillip for the country.

“Yes, there are more important things than football right now, we all know that. The focus now is rightly on the NHS workers on the front line.

“But if we can get this season started again, when the time is right, we might be able to give everyone a lift, because everyone misses football. And it may give people out there in lockdown a focus to their week.”

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