Tottenham’s decision to cut the wages of all non-playing staff by 20% has been met with fury up and down the country.
While the first-team squad will still rake in an average of over £70,000-a-week, all other full-time workers at the club will be placed on the UK government’s ‘furlough’ scheme at taxpayers’ expense.
Daniel Levy confirmed the news on the same day it was confirmed in their accounts from the previous year that the chairman would receive a £3million bonus for ‘stadium completion’ – despite the Tottenham Hotspur stadium being opened nine months late.
Former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp is the most prominent voice in the game to hit out at the Lilywhites’ handling of the coronavirus crisis, slamming billionaire owner Joe Lewis and suggesting the players should voluntarily be taking a pay cut to help.
“I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This [furlough] isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham,” he told the ’Arry Redknapp Podcast, via The Sun.
“I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling. But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a year.
“Tottenham are owned by Joe Lewis, one of the richest men in the world, and his club are cutting the wages of all their non-football staff by 20 per cent. I can’t believe it.
“Here is a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week. And that’s average! Their top players earn £150,000 a week, maybe even £200,000 a week.
“Surely, players should be taking a cut. I know their minds and they don’t want to be going it alone but they will do it if all their team-mates do it.
“They can all afford to hand over ten per cent and I’d like to see the captain of every Premier League club call a meeting and say, ‘Come on, guys, we are all in it together, let’s donate to help our staff’.
“They can all have a meeting by phone. They all know the importance of helping out the staff and they will want to help — they know there are a lot of people struggling. They know this country isn’t going to be the same again.
“It is going to hit everyone — the corner shops, cafes, hotels. All kinds of people will go under and they will need all the help this game can give them.”
MPs have also demanded that the super-rich of the Premier League pay their own way before relying on the furlough scheme.
Tottenham’s morally bankrupt handling of the situation has rightly attracted criticism.
It remains to be seen if they turn that around in the coming weeks.
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