Kevin Phillips expects Tottenham to follow Liverpool within the next 24-48 hours and reverse their decision to furlough non-playing staff amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggested all those affiliated with the London club, from fans to sponsors, will be urging chairman Daniel Levy to reconsider.
He announced last week that 550 Spurs non-playing staff are to be placed on furlough leave to “protect jobs” amid the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus.
Message from the Chairman.
— Tottenham Hotspur (at 🏡) (@SpursOfficial) March 31, 2020
Liverpool followed suit shortly after but reversed their decision yesterday following intense criticism amongst the club’s fans.
Levy has been heavily scrutinised for the decision after announcing an £82.3million pre-tax profit for the year ending June 2019 – the fourth-highest ever by an English club.
When asked by Football Insider if Spurs should overturn the initial call to furlough some employees, Phillips said: “I hope and expect Tottenham to reverse the decision as well.
“It is tough because football is an easy target at the moment with the amount of money involved.
“But how Tottenham cannot afford to pay non-playing staff for the next two or three months, given how much profit they have made, amazes me.
“Daniel Levy is a shrewd businessman and a tough competitor but it would not surprise me if he chooses to reverse the decision in the next 24, 48 hours. The club’s supporters, trust and companies affiliated with the club will be urging Levy to reverse his decision.”
— Liverpool FC (at 🏠) (@LFC) April 6, 2020
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme covers 80% of wages, up to the value of £2,500 a month, for the next two months.
Spurs, Newcastle, Norwich, and Bournemouth are the only Premier League clubs who have placed staff on the measures after Liverpool’s withdrawal.
In other Tottenham news, Danny Mills has told Football Insider ‘moral question’ will be asked after club announcement.