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Carragher and Souness praise Tottenham for reversing furlough decision

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness have praised Tottenham‘s decision not to use the Government’s Job Retention Scheme to pay their non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis.

Spurs had planned to use the furlough scheme on offer, which sees the Government pay 80 per cent of an employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time.

The decision, also made by Liverpool before they also dramatically changed their mind, prompted huge backlash from the football community, particularly after chairman Daniel Levy had been paid a salary of £7million over the last year – which included a £3m bonus for helping to ‘deliver’ Spurs’ new ground.

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness backed Spurs' decision to not use the furlough scheme

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness backed Spurs' decision to not use the furlough scheme

Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness backed Spurs’ decision to not use the furlough scheme

Daniel Levy came in for huge criticism after Tottenham placed non-playing staff on furlough

Daniel Levy came in for huge criticism after Tottenham placed non-playing staff on furlough

Daniel Levy came in for huge criticism after Tottenham placed non-playing staff on furlough

But speaking on Sky Sports’ The Football Show on Tuesday morning, Carragher and Souness claimed Tottenham fans were left ’embarrassed’ by the decision that ultimately ‘backfired’ on Levy.

Carragher said: ‘I was pleased, I can’t say anything different to what I said when Liverpool made that decision.

‘Spurs were one of the first and many people through the game thought typical Daniel Levy rather than typical Spurs. Levy, same as Liverpool, has bowed to pressure, whether that has come form senior players, but also the THST played a huge part in Levy changing his decision.

‘Supporters want to be proud of their club and the supporters were embarrassed. I am glad Spurs have changed it. It took a lot longer than Liverpool but a big well done to Levy, Tottenham Hotspur and THST.’

Souness added: ‘When you have a business making £40m-£50m quid and you’re chasing the dollar, you try to think how this situation would have arisen.

‘A conference call and three or four people talking about it, not one person making this decision. They will think how long this will go on and cut corners and save money.

‘It is not a good look, it has backfired on them but it has worked out well in the end. Spurs are trying to make amends.’

Tottenham have now reversed their original decision amid mounting pressure from supporters

Tottenham have now reversed their original decision amid mounting pressure from supporters

Tottenham have now reversed their original decision amid mounting pressure from supporters

When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.

This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will last for at least three months from March 1.

Sportsmail understands Spurs players were left angered by the club’s decision to furlough non-playing staff, as well as the move to enforce 20 per cent pay cuts to other employees. 

Tottenham declared a £69million profit last year, and their revenue of more than £460m makes them the eighth largest club in the world, according to Deloitte’s rankings. The club’s owner, Joe Lewis, is reported to be worth £4.3billion.  

Spurs players were left angered by the club's decision to furlough non-playing staff

Spurs players were left angered by the club's decision to furlough non-playing staff

Spurs players were left angered by the club’s decision to furlough non-playing staff 

Chairman Levy said in the statement announcing the U-turn: ‘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.’ 

Spurs are in talks with their players about taking wage reductions to help soften the financial burden caused by the coronavirus crisis. 

Meanwhile, Spurs have also confirmed equipment has been installed in their stadium to operate drive-through COVID-19 testing and swabbing for NHS staff, families and their dependents.  

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