'Massive' - Exclusive: Ex-Spur reacts to another big Tottenham announcement
Alan Hutton was relieved Tottenham reversed their decision to furlough non-playing staff but admitted damage has been done to the club’s reputation.
The former White Hart Lane defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the original decision “did not reflect well” on Spurs given the consistent profit turnover and financial stability of the club.
On March 31 Daniel Levy announced that 550 non-playing staff would be furloughed to “protect jobs” amid the financial uncertainty of the coronavirus crisis.
This was despite the Lilywhites publishing pre-tax profits of £87.3million for the year ending June 2019 – the four highest ever by an English club.
However, on Monday the club reversed the decision after the board bowed to pressure from fuming serious players, Football Insider revealed.
When asked by Football Insider if the damage had been done to the club’s reputation, Hutton said: “A little bit.
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“The backlash was massive. Especially from the fans. You know how rival fans are, getting on their back.
“The fans were more disappointed with that situation knowing the profit turnover by Tottenham over the years has always been good. We understand the repayments on the stadium will be massive. They are a very healthy club so to have done that to their staff does not look good or reflect well.
“I am glad they overturned their decision.”
Bournemouth became the latest Premier League club to overturn their furloughing of staff. Today, the Cherries joined Spurs and Liverpool in performing a U-turn on their initial decision.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was launched to pay 80 percent of the wages, up to £2500 a month, of UK employees who can no longer work because of the current health crisis.