Tottenham’s non-playing staff were only informed of their 20 per cent pay cut half an hour before club chairman Daniel Levy’s public statement, reports claim.
Spurs and fellow Premier League club Newcastle have come under heavy scrutiny for announcing they were placing non-playing staff on furlough.
Daniel Levy announced the Lilywhites were giving 550 employees 20 per cent wage cuts for the next two months, and will also use the government’s furlough scheme to help pay salaries while the top flight is on hold.
And according to The Independent, staff were only informed of the drastic financial measures 30 minutes before the announcement, whilst many were also privately encouraged to take their annual holiday leave now instead of later on in the year.
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Levy, who took home a basic salary of £4m last year in addition to a £3m bonus, has come under fire because other top European clubs such as players at Barcelona and Bayern Munich have agreed to waive their salaries in order to financial aid the club’s workers.
Former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has been one of the most vocal critics, and called for Premier League players to reduce their wages to ensure their co-workers are not left out of pocket.
“I believe there is a moral issue around an industry like football that has been awash with money,” began Jordan’s must-listen rant.
“Football players and football clubs over the last five years have really had it on their toes with the revenues that have increased because of the broadcasters.
“I think there is a situation here where football has to look at itself and say, ‘do I really, just because the government is offering its teat, have to nuzzle on that?’.
“’Do I really have to take that money, that £2,500 per employee or 80 per cent of it, to support myself?’.
“I don’t think they should do it [furlough staff].
“I think it is an awful look for football, and I think it’s awful Premier League footballers are being paid £250,000 to £500,000-a-week and the government is having to support Premier League clubs.”