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Noel Whelan has shamed “disgraceful” Premier League clubs for not following Leeds United in continuing to pay their non-playing staff during the coronavirus crisis.

The former Whites striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, heaped praise on the club for standing by their staff during turbulent times despite having less money than their top-flight counterparts.

United announced players, coaches and management would take a pay deferral for “the foreseeable future to ensure that all non-football staff at Elland Road and Thorp Arch can be paid”.

By comparison, Premier League clubs Liverpool, Spurs, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich have place part, and in some cases all, of their staff in furlough.

Whelan called the decision by the aforementioned clubs “a disgrace” especially given their financial strength.

“Leeds United do things the right way and look after their staff,” he told Football Insider.

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“They are a massive part of the club. They are there throughout the whole season, whatever time it may be doing all the stuff behind the scenes. Credit to Leeds that they are sticking by their staff no matter what happens within the club.

“It is a shame that other teams cannot do that, teams that probably have more money than Leeds. It is a disgrace on their part.”

The government scheme covers 80% of wages, up to the value of £2,500 a month, for the next two months.

The Premier League and EFL, like many leagues across Europe, are suspended indefinitely with no definitive return date set as of yet but Football Insider understands mid-June is the target.

In other Leeds United news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider club may sell star man against his wishes if big-money bid is submitted.