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Cor­mack re­veals Dons have cut their Covid-19 hit by half

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Aberdeen chair­man Dave Cor­mack has de­clared the club have off­set half of their pre­dicted £10 mil­lion coro­n­avirus hit.

The Dons opened talks with play­ers and other staff last week over mak­ing wage cuts and other sav­ings amid the prospect of play­ing be­hind closed doors for the first few months of the sea­son.

But Cor­mack was able to give sup­port­ers some en­cour­age­ment that the club were find­ing ways to deal with the fi­nan­cial im­pact of the pan­demic.

Writ­ing on Twit­ter, Cor­mack said: “All at AFC work­ing 120 per cent to man­age cri­sis. With no fans at games we now es­ti­mate an in­come hit of £10m. In­cred­i­bly we’ve man­aged to raise/save £5m so far. Foot­ball suc­cess and pro­tect­ing jobs a pri­or­ity. Fans have been great. Can only get thru this to­gether. Let’s do it!”

Hiber­nian and Dundee also launched con­sul­ta­tion pro­cesses with em­ploy­ees in the past seven days.

Celtic man­ager Neil Len­non also warned his club would not be im­mune to the ef­fects, with de­ci­sions set to be made by the end of the month on whether play­ers and other staff will face more wage cuts or de­fer­rals.

Mean­while, it re­mains un­clear when Pre­mier­ship clubs can re­sume con­tact train­ing de­spite pro­fes­sional sport be­ing al­lowed to re­turn in Scot­land from Mon­day.

A meet­ing at Ayr race­course will her­ald the re­sump­tion of pro­fes­sional sport af­ter the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment an­nounced on Thurs­day that the coun­try was mov­ing into phase two of the route out of lock­down.

The sus­pen­sion of all foot­ball ac­tiv­ity was lifted on June 11, but only for Pre­mier­ship first-team squads to train in a so­cially dis­tanced man­ner.

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