REPORT: Watford Confirm That They Will Not Furlough Staff

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WATFORD, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: A general view of near empty streets outside Vicarage Road, home of Watford FC as all Premier League matches are postponed until April 3rd due to the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic on March 14, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

According to Ryan Gray of the Watford Observer, Watford will not use the furlough scheme to pay their non-playing staff.

Watford Say That They Will Not Furlough Staff

Controversial Use

The use of the scheme – which sees the government pay 80% of an employee’s wages up to £2,500 – has been used controversially by Premier League sides.

Both Tottenham and Newcastle United have placed their non-playing staff on the scheme in order to cut costs. Liverpool also announced that they would be using the scheme, however, that decision has since been reversed.

Lower down the football pyramid, clubs have placed all staff, including players on the scheme. League Two sides Cambridge United, Plymouth Argyle, Exeter City and Leyton Orient have all used the initiative.

As a result, the use of the scheme by high-profile clubs has proved controversial. Several people, including government ministers, have said that Premier League players should take a pay cut in order to help pay the wages of non-playing staff.

Talks to Continue Over Pay Cut for Players

While Watford have confirmed that they will nor furlough non-playing staff at Vicarage Road, talks continue over the decision for the players to take a pay cut.

The club’s hierarchy are in “no rush” according to the Watford Observer, as they have plenty of time to consider their options this month.

A league-wide proposal that all clubs should ask their players to take a pay cut was announced last week, as it was announced that football will remain postponed beyond April 30.

However, there is now tension among footballers, as they believe that they have been thrown into the limelight unnecessarily. Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend is one player who has publicly criticised Matt Hancock.

As a result, negotiations are set to continue between the Professional Footballer’s Association and the Premier League hierarchy.

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