Tottenham Hotspur reversed their decision on Monday to use the government’s furlough scheme for some non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis and will now instead to staff 100% of their wages.
At the end of last month, the club announced that 550 employees would take a 20% pay cut for April and Mat in an attempt to protect jobs.
The original decision was met with anger by many supporters with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Club (THST) – which had on Friday urged the club to reverse the decision and listen to the fans.
The Athletic claim that chairman Daniel Levy was said to have been “taken aback” by the fury of the North London faithful along with wider condemnation from footballing circles and the general public.
Levy reportedly rarely reverses a decision and typically sticks to his guns once a call is made but underestimated just how much displeasure would be vented in the club’s direction.
Instead of using government funds to pay his staff, a board meeting was held to discuss where cuts could be made elsewhere and revised budgets were put forward by respective heads of department.
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