Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips, has praised Daniel Levy for reversing his furlough decision and has said that the Spurs chairman deserves credit despite taking his time to make the decision.
The Lilywhites announced on Monday that they would no longer be cutting the wages of their non-playing staff and that they would be backtracking on their original plan to use the government Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Football Insider reported that it was pressure from the Tottenham first-team players that made the Spurs chairman change his decision, while the Athletic report that reaction from the fans and the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust played a role.
Irrespective of why the final decision was reached and the delay in reaching it, Phillips insisted that the Spurs chairman deserved credit for righting a wrong.
Speaking to Football Insider, the former golden boot winner said: “It is brilliant. There has been a lot of pressure from ex-players, the Supporters’ Trust and fan clubs across the country.
“Liverpool did it and overturned it pretty quick. Of course, Daniel Levy will still get criticism because it has taken so long but give him credit.
“He has turned it around and they have still got 500 staff that work there. It is great to hear they will still be on full pay. Well done Daniel even though it took a little bit longer than we would have liked.”
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In the end, Levy made the right choice as the relatively small amount the club would have saved by furloughing the staff was not worth the reputational damage the decision caused to Spurs. The fans, as well as the supporters’ trust, deserve all the credit for continuing to pressure the club into reverse their call.
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