Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor has warned that all those involved with Portsmouth will need to "take a hit" on the money they are owed if the club is to survive.
The stricken south coast outfit remain in administration and face the threat of extinction should they fail to reduce their wage bill, with former owner Balram Chainrai and his company Portpin threatening to pull out of a proposed deal to save the club.
There are only eight senior players left on its books, but the club needs to get all of them off the wage bill in order to push through a sale.
Supporters group SOS Pompey handed over letters to the players at the club's training ground earlier this week in a bid to persuade them to come to an agreement with regards to their wages.
Taylor concedes that some of the players may have been put under unfair pressure to forgo part of their pay, but has urged them to help find a solution quickly for the good of both Pompey and the game in general.
"It's about everybody getting in the same room, the players, the club, the administrators, the potential new owners and deal with the situation rather than looking at it separately," Taylor told Sky Sports News.
"If not there's no transparency as to how serious the situation is. If this club is going to survive we need everybody to have something but not all that they are owed otherwise everybody's just going to get nothing.
"There's been a bit of unfair intimidation on a few of the high earners. There's about eight I think that needed to go, to get settlements done and half of those have gone now.
"We've managed to get some security from the Premier League, they've been very co-operative on parachute payments, the Football League have told the owners they can't get all the money back that they put into the club originally, so they've got to take a hit."