Premier League clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have been heavily criticised for taking advantage of the government’s furlough scheme. Instead of using their own resources, most of the top-flight clubs have wealthy owners, they have placed their staffs on furlough scheme so that they receive 80% of their salary.
Liverpool also made that decision of placing their staffs on furlough scheme but after their former players questioned the decision, Liverpool has changed their decision and will now pay their employees themselves.
Southampton released a statement for their fans. They are the first Premier League side to announce an agreement on wage cuts.
The club statement read: “The board of directors, the first-team manager, his coaching staff and the first-team squad have agreed to defer part of their salaries for the months of April, May and June to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”
“Furthermore, the club can confirm that it will not use the government’s Job Retention Scheme during April, May and June. Our owners, Mr. Gao and Katharina Liebherr, have put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June. Any decision on the future beyond this date will be made in advance of this, but only when more information is known.”
“Everyone at the club remains fully committed to the community we value so highly in Southampton. We will continue to offer our full support to the city of Southampton through the work of the Saints Foundation and provide any further assistance we can.”
“Meanwhile, we will continue to prepare our club for a return to the pitch and make sure that, when safe, we are ready to play and serve the people of Southampton again. Until then, We March On. Together.”
This is a very good gesture from a top-flight English club. Southampton’s non-playing staffs will continue to receive 100% of their wage until at least 30th June.
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