Bournemouth has recently reversed their decision to furlough staff members, of their club, the club announced this decision through the club’s directors. The directors said that criticism of the decision had led them to change their stance and the decision to do so now means they become third English Premier League club to change their mind about furloughing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.
The first two to reverse their decision to furlough staffs are the English Premier League leaders Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur. According to the spokes person of Bournemouth, he said: “We have listened to our supporters and have reversed our decision to furlough these employees.” On the 1st of April the Cherries placed “a number of staff” on paid leave by using the government’s furlough scheme.
“These measures were not taken lightly, given the operational pressures placed on clubs in such uncertain times,” the club directors said in a statement. “However well-placed our intentions were, we are aware of criticisms levelled at Premier League clubs applying for this scheme.” Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe became the first Premier League boss to take a voluntary pay cut during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Assistant boss Jason Tindall, chief executive Neill Blake and technical director Richard Hughes of Bournemouth have also taken “significant” pay cuts amid the crisis. Newcastle United and Norwich City are the only remaining Premier League clubs to have announced they will furlough some non-playing staff in the English Premier League.