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Carragher and Collymore blast Liverpool for furloughing non-playing staff

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Former players Jamie Carragher and Stan Collymore turned on Liverpool after the Premier League leaders became the fifth top-flight club to announce they have furloughed some non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic.The PA news agency understands around 200 staff, whose work is effectively idle during the Premier League suspension, have been affected by the decision.Liverpool, who in February announced pre-tax profits of 42million for 2018-19, will top up the public money received from the government to ensure the affected staff receive their full salaries.#LFC is continuing to deal with a range of challenges caused by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and would like to update supporters on the progress that has been made to date. https://t.co/0QAiCSVDv6 Liverpool FC (at ) (@LFC) April 4, 2020Liverpool are following Tottenham, Newcastle, Bournemouth and Norwich in turning to the governments job retention scheme during the suspension of the Premier League, a decision which impressed neither Carragher nor Collymore.Carragher retweeted the clubs statement and wrote: Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect goodwill is lost, poor this @LFCCollymore was even more forthright as he wrote: I dont know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that wont be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloghing staff.Jurgen Klopp showed compassion for all at the start of this pandemic, senior players heavily involved in @premierleague players taking wage cuts. Then all that respect goodwill is lost, poor this @LFC https://t.co/9bE8Rw1veE Jamie Carragher (@Carra23) April 4, 2020Its just plain f****** wrong.Fellow football fans, furlough is for small business staff to keep those small businesses from going bump!Every Premier League owner has serious cash, and make money from skyrocketing values of clubs, so what arent you getting about YOUR owners dipping into THEIR pocket?Liverpools announcement came as Premier League clubs were meeting with representatives of players and managers to discuss possible wage cuts for first-team staff.A Liverpool club statement read: The club have confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.#LFC continues reinvesting revenues to strengthen position on and off pitch. https://t.co/2GTCeYiaod Liverpool FC (at ) (@LFC) February 27, 2020Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended.In February, Liverpool published their accounts for 2018-19, showing turnover for the year was up 78million to 533million, although profits fell in relation to the previous year after a record 223million investment on players.While their former heroes were unimpressed by the clubs actions, a spokesperson for the Spirit of Shankly supporters group said they were in favour of the move to ensure all employees received their full salaries.The starting point of this was when the competitions were first suspended, we immediately contacted the club and made it clear that we expected all non-playing staff to be treated fairly throughout the duration of the suspension, the group told the PA news agency.The club gave an undertaking to do that which theyve maintained throughout.Jordan Henderson has led talks between Premier League captains on possible wage deductions (Adam Davy/PA)The use of the furlough scheme maintains that commitment and it ensures that all lower-paid staff who run a variety of contracts will continue to receive 100 per cent of their wage. Thats got to be seen as a positive.Talks between the Premier League, Professional Footballers Association (PFA) and League Managers Association (LMA) on potential wage cuts are taking place on Saturday.Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson has been at the forefront of talks between Premier League club captains on a co-ordinated player response.The Premier League said on Friday clubs will consult with players over wage reductions and deferrals amounting to 30 per cent of salary.(function(i,s,o,g,r,a,m){i['GoogleAnalyticsObject']=r;i[r]=i[r]||function(){ (i[r].q=i[r].q||[]).push(arguments)},i[r].l=1*new Date();a=s.createElement(o), m=s.getElementsByTagName(o)[0];a.async=1;a.src=g;m.parentNode.insertBefore(a,m) })(window,document,'script','//www.google-analytics.com/analytics.js','ga'); ga('create', 'UA-72310761-1', 'auto', {'name': 'pacontentapi'}); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'referrer', location.origin); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension1', 'By Ian Parker, PA'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension2', 'cbd4e5fd-13f1-4ed8-ad29-c588c7ef95ef'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension3', 'paservice:sport,paservice:sport:football,paservice:sport:uk,paservice:sport:world'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension6', 'story'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension7', 'composite'); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension8', null); ga('pacontentapi.set', 'dimension9', 'sport:football'); ga('pacontentapi.send', 'pageview', { 'location': location.href, 'page': (location.pathname + location.search + location.hash), 'title': 'Carragher and Collymore blast Liverpool for furloughing non-playing staff'});

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