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Collingwood’s entire football department staff has been stood down, according to Fox Sports’ Tom Morris.

The report states that coaches were made aware of the news on Monday. A small number of staff, including senior coach Nathan Buckley, will still get paid while on leave to help service the players.

Most employees who are stood down are expected to get their job back when football returns. Most clubs will retain their general manager of football, head coach and head of fitness during the stand down period.

All clubs will be forced into drastic purges to deal with the financial crisis from the COVID-19 pandemic.

It is believed that 70 per cent of AFL and club staff will be stood down and some employees won’t return.

Gillon McLachlan announced on Friday that the league would be postponed until at least May 31.