Saturday, May 25, 2024

COVID-19: Bournemouth become third club to reverse furlough

AFC Bournemouth have become the third of the five Premier League clubs who put their staff on furlough leave to overturn their decision.

Over the last two weeks, five Premier League clubs made the decision to place staff on furlough leave – including Bournemouth. The other four were Newcastle, Norwich, Liverpool and Spurs.

Bournemouth’s decision to overturn that decision last night makes them the third of those five teams to do so, following on from Liverpool and Spurs.

“We have listened to our supporters and have reversed our decision to furlough these employees,” the club said.

“These measures were not taken lightly, given the operational pressures placed on clubs in such uncertain times.

“However well-placed our intentions were, we are aware of criticisms levelled at Premier League clubs applying for this scheme.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe was the first of the Premier League managers to take a voluntary pay cut last week.

Assistant Jason Tindall as well as chief executive Neil Blake and technical director Richard Hughes have also taken cuts to their pay.

As it stands, Newcastle and Norwich are the only remaining teams in the Premier League teams with staff on furlough leave.

With Newcastle United currently in the midst of a takeover saga, it seems unlikely there’ll be a change to their circumstances any time soon.

The position of those two teams is becoming more and more untenable now that all of the other three teams have changed their minds.

I’d expect Norwich to follow suit sometime over the next few days. As for Newcastle, well your guess is as good as mine.

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