Tottenham’s playing staff will now become the focus of whether they will either take a reduction or deferral of their wages, according to a report by The Athletic.

The club reversed their decision on Monday to furlough non-paying staff and deduct their wages by 20% for April and May.

Football Insider reported on Tuesday that the players played a key role in the club’s decision to reverse their original plan to use the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme after making their displeasure known to Daniel Levy.

The Athletic claim that while players’ representatives, Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane did communicate their displeasure to the Spurs chairman, it was the pressure from the fans that led to the club reversing their call.

It is said that Monday’s decision for the club to pay 100 per cent of staff wages was not based around the players seeing a reduction or deferral of their pay.

It is said that Tottenham’s decision to fully cover non-playing staff’s wages for April and May will come from a separate pot to Jose Mourinho’s transfer budget.

Tottenham’s transfer budget funds are typically generated from income on a match day along with the money received from television broadcasters and will have taken a hit due to the current crisis, while a reduction or deferral of player wages would certainly soften the blow.

Spurs Web Opinion

Levy is a smart businessman and the decision to furlough didn’t make sense from a business point of view as the small savings the club would have made would have been offset by the massive reputational damage done to the club. Additionally, if we hadn’t reversed the decision, the club would have invited public scorn if they made any signings this summer.

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