Tottenham Hotspur’s original decision to announce that 550 employees will be paid 80 per cent of their salary for the April and May, with the Government’s furlough scheme utilised was met with widespread criticism.
Former Spurs manager Harry Redknapp heavily criticised the club’s decision to use the Government’s furlough payments while the players have not taken a wage cut whilst insisting that the scheme was not designed for big clubs (The Sun).
The Athletic claim that the Tottenham Hotspur squad were not notified in advance of the decision being made public and made it known to the club’s board that they wanted it to be reversed.
Club captain Hugo Lloris and Harry Kane, who are the player’s representatives are said to have communicated the thoughts of their team-mates in a constructive manner.
While the player’s reaction was taken onboard by the club hierachy, it is said that the reaction of supporters was the pivotal reason why Levy reversed his decision to use the government’s furlough scheme.
A source told The Athletic: “The players helped where they could but weren’t the deciding factor. The club listened to their fans and reacted.”
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