Noel Whelan has urged Tottenham to reverse their decision to place all non-playing staff on furlough leave amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The former Leeds United striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was appalled that 550 employees of Spurs were placed on the government scheme.
Daniel Levy announced last week that non-playing staff are to be placed on furlough leave to “protect jobs” amid the financial struggles of the coronavirus crisis.
One very small aspect of the Spurs thing that strikes me as odd (hugely dubious morality/ridiculous PR own goal aside): they've furloughed the scouts. Scouting is literally the one part of football that is able to kind of function at the moment. They can still work.
— Rory Smith (@RorySmith) April 1, 2020
This included the club’s scouting department which drew criticism from New York Times Chief Football Correspondent Rory Smith who claimed other clubs’ scouts are performing video analysis and due diligence on players.
When asked by Football Insider if furloughing the scouting department was a glaring mistake by the Lilywhites, Whelan said: “It is about respect.
“Yes, they could be going over videos and doing their due diligence on players over the phone but it is not about that. They should be getting paid by the club regardless.
“It is about the work they have done for the club over a number of years and the work they are going to do for the club in the future. They are just as important to the club as the players. It really is a joke.”
Message from the Chairman.
— Tottenham Hotspur (at 🏡) (@SpursOfficial) March 31, 2020
However, Spurs were not the only club to furlough their staff last week. Newcastle, Bournemouth, Norwich, and Liverpool came to the same conclusion – the latter reversing their decision yesterday after fan uproar.
The government scheme covers 80% of wages, up to the value of £2,500 a month, for the next two months.
The Premier League is suspended indefinitely with no definitive return date set but Football Insider understands mid-June is the target.
In other Tottenham news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider club cannot repeat the mistakes made with Gareth Bale.