Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City Makes Changes to Club Structure Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

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PLYMOUTH, ENGLAND - MARCH 17: A general view of Plymouth Argyle's stadium as all football league matches are postponed until at least April 3rd at Home Park on March 17, 2020 in Plymouth, England. It has been announced that all English football matches are to be postponed until at least April 3rd due to the threat of Coronavirus. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

League Two clubs Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City have both announced changes to the clubs structure amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

Plymouth Argyle and Exeter City Makes Changes to Club Structure Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Pilgrims Place Majority of Staff on Furlough

Plymouth Argyle have placed the majority of their staff on furlough leave, including the players.

Under the scheme introduced by the government, they will pay 80% of the employees wage at Home Park.

Speaking to Chris Errington of Plymouth Live, Andrew Parkinson, chief executive at the club, explained the decision.

“Our ambition is to be a sustainable football club, and to do that we have got many different aspects to what we do,” he said.

“Obviously there is the football side, hospitality, conferencing, commercial, the ticket office – all sorts of things.

“With the current situation, we are not able to carry out any of those services and we haven’t got any income coming in.

“On a matchday, we get around about 11,000 people and that has all gone.

“Therefore, we don’t have people that are able to carry out their normal duties, as it were, in all those activities.

Exeter City Furlough Staff

Exeter City have also confirmed that they have also taken the difficult decision to furlough staff members.

Like many other clubs, they have done this in order to protect the future of the club, while also ensuring that their staff receive basic income.

Furthermore, the Grecians’ board have also reassured fans that they are all they can to maintain cash flow. A statement on the official Exeter City website said: “Both the Club and Trust Board continue to meet remotely, and extensive work is being undertaken to minimise cost, optimise cash flow, and to ensure that we are well placed when the football restarts. There are, of course, many unknowns at present, and all we can do is plan around various potential outcomes. These include football restarting at some point later this year, but also on the basis that it doesn’t.”

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