Premier League clubs that have put their non-playing staff on furlough

Tanya Simon
April 7, 2020

Manchester United have confirmed they will not be furloughing any of their non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis.

Liverpool have held talks with representatives of the supporters' union Spirit of Shankly and local MPs over the climbdown but Moore warned the financial impact of the crisis on a club that only recently posted a pre-tax profit of £42m for 2018-19 remained severe.

Tottenham, Newcastle United, Norwich City and Bournemouth, meanwhile, have all taken advantage of the furlough scheme due to the coronavirus pandemic.

"I don't know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won't be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloghing staff". A range of possible scenarios were considered, including but not restricted to: applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, which pays 80 per cent of salary and guaranteeing the 20 per cent payment; applying to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee to reimburse monies received at a later date; and, thirdly, finding an alternative means to cover our furlough costs.

Jamie Carragher and Stan Collymore both release public lashings of their old Club, Liverpool, after they announced they will be using the Government furlough payment scheme for their non-playing staff. It's just plain f***ing wrong.

Former Germany midfielder Hamann, meanwhile, said the move went against the ethos of his former club.

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The Glazers have stuck to paying the playing and non-playing staff their regular wages without the help of the Government furlough scheme, while club Captain Harry Maguire, organised the Manchester United players to donate 30% of their salaries to NHS hospitals and medical centres in Manchester. That's not what the scheme was designed for.

'We are concerned about the damage this is causing to our club's reputation and values'.

Former England midfielder Murphy was more scathing, calling the move "grotesque".

Liverpool have abandoned plans to use United Kingdom government funds to pay the salaries of furloughed non-playing staff at Anfield after being subjected to intense criticism from former players, supporters and the media for the move, saying they are "truly sorry" for the controversy.

Ex-England defender Carragher, meanwhile, said it had undone the club's good work.

"Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in Premier League players taking wage cuts". "Then all that respect & goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC".

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