The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST) have released another statement regarding the club’s decision to cut the salaries of non-playing staff and put them on the furlough scheme.
Daniel Levy announced last week that the club would be cutting the wages of 550 non-playing staff by 20 per cent for April and May while utilising the government’s furlough scheme where possible.
In reaction to the decision, the supporters’ trust initially urged the 58-year-old to make a “further personal contribution” in order to protect the most vulnerable employees.
They also warned the club on social media to pause and rethink their decision amidst the reputational damage the club is going through.
THST have now posted amore nuanced take on the issue and made some very clear and direct demands from the club.
While they admitted that this was a challenging time for all clubs given the loss of cash flow both in terms of broadcast and matchday revenue, they asked them to be transparent with their finances so that they could prove that they needed to apply for the furlough.
Furthermore, they claimed that the club’s decision to put pressure on players to take wage-cuts had backfired.
They insisted that the players would be willing to cooperate if the club was more transparent with their finances and proved that they cannot be sustained without taking the action that they had.
They once again requested the club to reconsider their stand amidst the damage their decision has done to Tottenham’s reputation.
Spurs Web Opinion
The supporters’ trust has got their message spot-on here. It is very easy for us to be outraged at the club’s decision without understanding how their debt, loss of income and potential future risks might have affected their decision. It makes sense to ask the club to be more transparent in order to prove that the wage cuts and the furlough were necessary.
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