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Ann Budge Clears Up Hearts’ Email to Agents About Potential New Signings

Ann Budge Clears Up Hearts’ Email to Agents About Potential New Signings

Ann Budge has cleared up a Hearts email that went out to agents earlier this week about signing new players at the club.

The Tynecastle outfit publicly confirmed last week that they have asked staff to take a 50% wage cut in their battle to survive during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Football was forced to grind to a halt earlier this month as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, impacting millions worldwide.

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And with no date confirmed for a return, it leaves clubs searching for ways to survive in the meantime.

Hearts made headlines when an email sent from the club’s Head of Pro Player Recruitment John Murray to agents was leaked to The Scottish Sun.

According to that article, Murray was enquiring about potential new signings as “there may be transfer funds available if we can move a few players on so please also add players available with a transfer fee.”

But Budge has cleared up the controversy around that in a statement posted to the club’s official website this afternoon.

She said: “Much has been made of an email, sent by our Head of Player Recruitment, to agents with regard to potential recruitment requirements once football resumes.

“We must continue to plan for football returning and make sure we are in the strongest possible position possible when that happens.

“I would however like to make it clear there is no pot of money sitting in the bank that could be going towards player or employee wages and there is certainly no intention of paying transfers fees under the current circumstances.”

Budge also clears up some misconceptions about why Hearts decided to publicly state their need to cut costs.

And it includes hitting out at several pundits in the media over their coverage of the situation at Tynecastle.

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