Former Leeds United defender Danny Mills believes Tottenham Hotspur have set themselves up for a PR disaster this summer if they spend big in the transfer market following their decision to furlough some of their non-playing staff.
Daniel Levy announced the Lilywhites were giving 550 employees 20 per cent wage cuts for April and May and will also use the government’s furlough scheme to help pay salaries while the top flight is on hold.
The North Londoners have come in for major criticism over the decision and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) has repeatedly urged the club to reconsider their decision amidst the damage to the reputation of the Premier League outfit.
Football Insider reported recently that Spurs will not be spending more £60 million on any player this summer as it could be a bad look for the club following their decision to cut employees’ wages.
Mills believes the club have put themselves into a corner in the transfer window.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “This is an issue. The club has taken a business decision but it has taken advantage of the furlough scheme. It was there to stop businesses going bust.
“All of sudden, Tottenham come out of this and they have got £50 million to spend on a player. People will go, “Hang on a minute, I thought you were skint.” You had to furlough your staff but suddenly you can afford a multi-million transfer fee.
“Spurs will have to be very careful with the PR around it.”
Spurs Web Opinion
There is no doubt that the club are going to be heavily criticised when we do make signings this summer. However, I don’t expect us to spend £50-£60 million on any one player. Player values will likely drop due to the financial crunch clubs are facing and we will probably try to take advantage of the situation and sign players on a bargain.
Have something to tell us about this article?