Tottenham has become the latest Premier League club to reverse its decision to furlough staff under the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
The club had said that 550 employees would take a 20% pay cut, but in a statement, Spurs reversed that decision, saying that non-playing staff will receive "100% of their pay for April and May", with board members taking salary reductions.
The announcement follows the news that UEFA Champions League winners Liverpool had also reversed their decision to furlough staff. The Anfield club’s CEO Peter Moore wrote an open letter to fans apologising for the move.
Daniel Levy, Chairman, Tottenham Hotspur said: “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.
“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.”
In the statement, Tottenham also confirmed that its stadium will become the first Premier League ground to be used as drive-through NHS testing centre, where staff and their families will be swabbed.
The club also confirmed that it will make much of its stadium available to NHS staff for clinical use, with the NFL away dressing room used as a Maternal Day Unit and the football away dressing room turned into a Midwives Clinical Room and staff Admin Office.
Spurs also say the stadium’s ‘pitch pocket’ in the basement is being used as a distribution hub by the London Food Alliance – a new scheme set up to ensure food supplies for the most vulnerable people within the capital, while vegetable produce from its Kitchen Garden in the club’s training centre will be provided to the hub.