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Spurs announce 'difficult decision' to cut wages amid Coronavirus crisis

Tottenham have announced that the club’s non-playing staff will take a 20 per cent pay cut for the next two months due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, in an announcement described as a ‘difficult decision’ in a club statement released on Tuesday.

The north London side have announced that the club’s 550 non-playing staff – including chairman Daniel Levy – will see their wages reduced by 20 per cent, whilst Spurs have also outlined their intention to use the Government’s furlough scheme to ‘protect jobs’.

Chairman Levy says described the news as a ‘difficult decision’ but says steps must be made to reduce costs amid the current suspension of the Premier League and elite football in the UK, urging players and coaches to follow suit.

“The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future,” a statement from Daniel Levy reads.

“Our sponsors will be concerned about their businesses and our media partners have no certainty when we may play games again or whether we will be allowed to play in front of our fans. In the meantime, the club has an annual cost base running into hundreds of millions of pounds.

“We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs.

“Yesterday, having already taken steps to reduce costs, we ourselves made the difficult decision – in order to protect jobs – to reduce the remuneration of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent utilising, where appropriate, the Government’s furlough scheme. We shall continue to review this position.

“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system.”

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