Reds put new pay plan to players

August 10, 1970
Liverpool’s directors will discuss to-morrow a new pay deal aimed at giving a substantial increase to most of their players. The increase would be on the basic wage and, tied to an incentive point bonus, could virtually guarantee many of the players around £5,000 a year.

Liverpool’s players were given new, two-years contracts last year – but chairman Eric Roberts, who confirmed that talks were going on concerning a new pay scale, said: “This is something in which the board has taken the initiative.

“We want to try to recognise, in a better way than in the past, the efforts of the players. And, of course, we are looking to the future.

Two year option.
“The present contracts still have a year to run, and there is a two-year option. If the players accept the new deal, the contracts would be for two years again, with a two-year option.

“We want to do what we can to give the players a better deal, and the directors have been considering the best way of doing this. The players have not made the approach – the board has gone to the players.”

Under the new deal, there would be three pay groups, covering the younger players, the established first-teamers, and those who can no longer regard themselves as automatic first-team men.

A few players would not stand to benefit under the new scheme. But most of the players would have what chairman Roberts termed “a considerable lift” in their basic pay.

Points bonus.
Crowd bonuses would be a thing of the past – but the rise in basic wage would compensate for this, and guarantee a high fixed wage, not dependent upon how many customers came through the turnstiles.

The directors will also discuss to-morrow a transfer request sent in by Alec Lindsay.

Stars seek guarantees.
Liverpool directors will hear to-morrow why some of their stars are ready to reject the new contracts that would offer them a greater basic wage. The players don’t want appearance money to be scrapped, and I understand they also want bonus payments paid to a squad of 15 or 16, to guard against injury or temporary loss of form.

The directors will be told to-morrow by manager Bill Shankly how the players feel about the new contracts.
(Source: Liverpool Echo: August 10, 1970; via © 2018 Findmypast Newspaper Archive Limited

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