Owners David Gold and David Sullivan are under severe pressure from fans The Hammers are languishing in 18th place with 13 rounds of games left
By Sami Mokbel And Adrian Kajumba For Mailonline
Published: 17:28 GMT, 3 February 2020 | Updated: 17:29 GMT, 3 February 2020
West Ham players will have their wages halved if they suffer relegation, leaving the club facing a mass exodus if they lost their top-flight status.
The vast majority of the Hammers squad have pay cuts written into their contracts; a precautionary measure taken by clubs to protect themselves against financial oblivion in the event of relegation.
The percentages players are forced to take should West Ham go down this season varies between individuals.
West Ham players will have their wages halved if they suffer relegation from the top flight
But Sportsmail understands a significant number of players, in particular the club’s highest earners, have 50 percent salary reductions written into their personal contracts.
However, while the clauses are designed to protect the club financially, those required to take hefty pay cuts will almost certainly look to leave the London Stadium in the summer to ensure they don’t suffer a loss of earnings.
Losing their Premier League status will leave West Ham facing a hugely uncertain financial future, though the lucrative parachute payments would help offset the immediate monetary losses.
West Ham are currently in the relegation zone following a dismal run of