Liverpool drop plans to furlough staff and apologise to fans

07 Apr 2020

By: Sport Industry Group

Liverpool have announced the reversal of their decision to furlough staff under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme in apology letter to fans.

The club had said it was to avail of the scheme, in which public money is made available to businesses in order to pay 80% of staff wages up to £2,500 per month.

The Anfield club was not the only Premier League team to announce that staff would be furloughed, with Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United, Bournemouth and Norwich City all announcing similar plans. The Premier League leaders had said that they would apply for the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme before topping up the extra 20% of its staff wages to ensure employees don’t suffer financially during the crisis.

In a letter to fans, Peter Moore, CEO, Liverpool said: “We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the Coronavirus Retention Scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that. 

“Our intentions were, and still are, to ensure the entire workforce is given as much protection as possible from redundancy and/or loss of earnings during this unprecedented period. 

“We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways to operate while there are no football matches being played that ensures we are not applying for the government relief scheme.”

Moore also thanked groups and individuals including Liverpool Metro Mayor Steve Rotherham and fans’ group Spirit of Shankly who engaged with the club over the issue.