Chesterfield’s players and staff are all set to be placed on furlough.

With the Spireites making immediate and necessary arrangements for the well-being of the club during the current COVID-19-inflicted season suspension, the move was confirmed as part of company secretary Ashley Carson’s update today.

Carson explained: “Full wages were paid to all players and staff in March. The club is now totally closed and all staff have taken ten days’ holiday first, and then all have been furloughed, for at least the next three weeks and probably into May.

“The club has asked the staff to accept the 80% and the club is unable to make the 20% top-up. I sincerely thank everyone who has agreed to this.

“Following discussions with the players, I can now report that with particular support from Will Evans and David Buchanan, all the players have also been furloughed. They too appreciate the severity and impact that closure makes to the club and have also agreed to forgo a top-up from the 80%.

“The club acknowledges the agreement reached by the players and for some who are not expecting to be retained next season, this is a massive gesture.”