Some Premier League clubs made the decision to furlough sections of their non-playing staff whilst other clubs promised to continue to pay their staff. The UK Government urged Premier League players to take a wage cut to help fund other staff members’ wages but the PFA stated that if football clubs could afford to pay all staff members wages then they should do so without anybody taking a pay cut.
Here are the Premier League clubs who made a public decision on wage cuts.
Arsenal stated that they will pay all casual workers up until the end of April when the decision will be reviewed again.
AFC Bournemouth placed a number of staff members on furlough as the government paid those affected 80% of their wage. Bournemouth is still paying the other 20%. Manager Eddie Howe, assistant coach Jason Tindall, chief executive Neill Blake and technical director Richard Hughes all took pay cuts.
Brighton continued to pay their staff but manager Graham Potter and executives Dan Ashworth and Paul Barber took voluntary three month pay cuts.
Burnley paid all staff members during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Palace Chairman Steve Parish pledged to pay all staff members, including matchday staff during the outbreak.
Everton continued to pay all their staff members full wages and ensured casual workers at the club would also be paid.
Newcastle United furloughed all non-playing staff and became the first Premier League club to put non-playing staff on temporary leave. Newcastle also asked staff members to apply for the coronavirus job retention scheme so that the government would pay 80% of their wage whilst the club would pay the other 20%.
Norwich City also placed non-playing staff on the government-backed coronavirus job retention scheme to support workers during testing times. Norwich players, coaching staff and executives also donated £200,000 to vulnerable people within the Norfolk area.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy said that all 550 non-football staff would have their pay cut by 20% for first two months and Spurs would use the furlough scheme where appropriate.