Morgan and Carragher criticise Liverpool over furlough decision
‘Shameful – has Jurgen Klopp agreed to this?’: Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher lead criticism of Liverpool as they furlough non-playing staff… after declaring a £533MILLION turnover last year!
- Liverpool have been criticised for their decision to furlough non-playing staff
- Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher both called out the club on social media
- Former player Stan Collymore also criticised the decision of the club on Twitter
- The club announced a turnover of £533m last month and £42m pre-tax profit
- Principal owner and American businessman John Henry is worth £2.12billion
Liverpool have been heavily censured for becoming the latest Premier League club to furlough members of non-playing staff during the coronavirus pandemic – with Piers Morgan and Jamie Carragher both taking to Twitter to condemn the club’s actions.
The Premier League leaders made the announcement on Saturday but insisted that those employees affected will still receive 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure financial damage is limited.
80 per cent of the non-playing staff’s salary will come through the government’s job retention scheme while the club have pledged to make up the remaining 20 per cent.
Liverpool, who made a huge £42million pre-tax profit last year, announced a turnover increase of £533million last month and are owned by billionaire American association Fenway Sports Group, came under fierce criticism following the announcement.
The club confirmed that those furloughed would still receive 100 per cent of their salaries
Piers Morgan slammed Liverpool’s billionaire owners after non-playing staff were furloughed
Jamie Carragher also led the criticism against his former club Liverpool by posting online
Principal owner and American businessman John Henry has an estimated worth of £2.12billion
When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.
This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will last for at least three months from March 1.
Writing on Twitter, Good Morning Britain host and MailOnline columnist Piers Morgan led the criticism.
‘Shameful. You’re owned by American billionaires @LFC – you should not be using British taxpayer money like this. Has Jurgen Klopp agreed to this?’ he wrote.
Liverpool are just the latest Premier League club to furlough non-playing staff, following in the footsteps of Newcastle, Tottenham, Bournemouth and Norwich.
Every Premier League manager and captain are set to discuss possible wages cuts with the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) during the league’s indefinite suspension due to the coronavirus crisis while Liverpool had revealed last month that they would pay both matchday and non-matchday staff for the remaining four home Premier League games this season which have been postponed.
But Liverpool icon Jamie Carragher has said that this announcement undo’s all the good work both the players and manager had been doing during this crisis.
‘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.’
Stan Collymore was also critical of his former club, claiming all Liverpool supporters would be ‘disgusted’ with the decision.
He said: ‘I don’t know of any Liverpool fan of any standing that won’t be anything other than disgusted at the club for furloghing staff. It’s just plain f***ing wrong.’
The Fenway Sports Group, who bought Liverpool in 2010, are thought to be worth £5.38billion with principal owner John Henry worth £2.12billion.
Formed Red and Sky Sports pundit Carragher says Liverpool have undone all their good work
The news came as every Premier League boss was set to discuss a possible wage reduction
LIVERPOOL’s TOP 10 WEEKLY EARNERS
Mohamed Salah – £200,000
Roberto Firmino – £180,000
Virgil van Dijk – £180,000
Jordan Henderson – £140,000
James Milner – £140,000
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – £120,000
Naby Keita – £120,000
Adam Lallana – £110,000
Dejan Lovren – £100,000
Sadio Mane – £100,000
Despite paying over £130million in transfers for the financial year to May 31, 2019, and the cost of new contracts for 11 first team players, Liverpool’s turnover increased by £78million.
Others followed Morgan’s criticism including lifelong Liverpool fans who expressed their disappointment at the club’s decision.
One wrote: ‘Absolutely shambolic that you’re relying on the government to pay 80% of the staff’s wages. Expected better.’
Another called it ‘absolutely shameful’, saying: ‘As a lifelong supporter I am embarrassed that my club who are one of the richest in the world are using this scheme. Please have a rethink as it does not reflect well.’
Premier League clubs have asked players to take wage cuts of up to 30 per cent and will donate £20million to the NHS to help fight coronavirus.
Mohamed Salah is the club’s highest earner on £200,000 a week ahead of Roberto Firmino
Jordan Henderson is believed to have been heavily involved in discussions over player cuts
Club captains are also holding discussions over generating a fund to help the NHS with Reds skipper Jordan Henderson playing a leading role.
Several Liverpool players earn over £100,000 a week, according to figures by Spotrac.
Mohamed Salah is the highest earner with a wage of £200,000 a week. Robert Firmino and Virgil van Dijk are the next top earners with £180,000 a week salaries.
Jordan Henderson and James Milner both make £140,000 a week and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making £120,000 weekly.
LIVERPOOL STATEMENT IN FULL
Liverpool Football Club 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.
While our priority from the outset has been to focus primarily on the health and wellbeing of our players, staff, supporters and local community, the club has also committed to playing as full a role as possible in the Premier League’s ongoing response to the crisis.
As such, we welcome Friday’s announcement from the Premier League which confirmed the provision of support for the National Health Service, the EFL and National League and a commitment for the 2019-20 season to resume only when it is safe to do so.
At club level, various other measures have been taken to protect the best interests of the club and our staff in both the short term and the long term, with all such actions being undertaken following various internal discussions.
In some instances, further measures will follow only once all parties are in a position to proceed and updates will be provided as and when this is the case.
Liverpool FC has placed some staff who are impacted by the Premier League suspension on furlough. The club has confirmed those staff will be paid 100 per cent of their salaries to ensure no member of staff is financially disadvantaged.
Last month the club also confirmed that it would pay its matchday and non-matchday staff while the Premier League is suspended. Even prior to the decision on staff furloughing, there was a collective commitment at senior levels of the club – on and off the pitch – with everyone working towards a solution that secures jobs for employees of the club during this unprecedented crisis.
There is ongoing active engagement about the topic of salary deductions during the period matches are not being played to schedule. These discussions are complex and as a result the process is ongoing. In addition, with the health and wellbeing of all club staff being of paramount importance, a number of proactive steps have been taken to assist staff during the crisis.
Steps include regular updates from the chief executive to keep staff informed of decisions and latest information and a new online portal providing health and wellbeing information and key contacts. This also includes guidance from the club’s sports psychologist on mental health and wellbeing and healthy eating advice from the club’s head of nutrition.
The club has also launched a new learning and development platform providing specific help with adapting to working from home and dealing with remote working. Liverpool FC has also been actively working with its players, Liverpool FC Foundation and the club’s community outreach programme, Red Neighbours, to ensure its community response is targeted to help local families in food crises and those that are socially isolated.
A significant donation has been made to St Andrew’s foodbank in north Liverpool by the first-team players and Liverpool FC Foundation, an emergency foodbank appeal was launched by Liverpool FC Foundation to help those in need and LFC staff are continuing to volunteer to help ensure families have food throughout the crisis and beyond.
The club also launched ‘LFC Connect’; a social isolation initiative aimed at telephone contact with the most vulnerable in our communities. Our fan services team have been busy contacting the elderly and vulnerable and having a virtual cuppa with them.
For those who would normally participate in our schools and community programmes, we have filmed virtual sessions and exercise routines that can be done at home in order to keep fitness levels up. These fitness-at-home videos cover virtual chair yoga, walking football for our team of over-50s, mindfulness and fitness and football coaching for the tens of thousands of children who participate in our weekly programmes.
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