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TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR have reversed their initial decision to furlough staff following fierce criticism from their supporters.
Spurs, along with Liverpool, Newcastle United, Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth, had announced that they were to use the government’s job retention scheme. However, the Merseysiders backed down after an outcry from fans. And now the Lilywhites have followed suit with Chairman, Daniel Levy, acknowledging supporters’ concerns.
“The criticism the Club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us, particularly locally,” Mr Levy told www.tottenhamhotspur.com.
“It was never our intent, as custodians, to do anything other than put measures in place to protect jobs whilst the Club sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner during uncertain times.
“We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their Club.”
Tottenham will continue to monitor the situation with uncertainty rife over football’s return. Nevertheless, for the time being, jobs are secure and non-playing staff will receive 100% of their salary while only the board would face reductions.