A number of Liverpool fans have welcomed the club’s reversal of their decision to place some non-playing staff on furlough following widespread condemnation.
In an open letter published on the club’s official website liverpoolfc.com, chief executive officer Peter Moore confirmed that they have “opted to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme”, which would have seen the government paying 80% of the salaries of staff who were due to be laid off. He also acknowledged that the club “came to the wrong conclusion” and expressed sorrow at their initial decision.
Liverpool have reversed the decision to apply for government assistance after furloughing some staff and have said they're “truly sorry” for coming to the “wrong conclusion.” A letter from CEO Peter Moores says they would find “alternative means” to cover furlough costs.
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) April 6, 2020
Paul Joyce, The Times’ Northern Football Correspondent, subsequently tweeted (via @_pauljoyce) news of Liverpool’s backtracking regarding the decision to furlough some employees. Many Reds fans, along with Jamie Carragher and the Spirit of Shankly supporters’ group, had been highly critical of Liverpool’s initial engagement with the government’s furlough scheme. Some Premier League clubs have furloughed staff over the past few days amid cash flow reductions from a lack of matches.
These Reds supporters on Twitter gave their views on the club’s reversal of Saturday’s furlough decision:
In other words, they fell into pressure. Thank god we have a fan base that are loud enough so the owners can hear us.
Hope they learn from this, never again.
— Nasir (@LFCNasir) April 6, 2020
Better late than never, embarrassing decision In the first place though
— 6 (@_JackWilson1) April 6, 2020
Thank god. The outrage actually did something
— ?6?? (@chielinilookout) April 6, 2020
Good !!! Don’t embarrass our club again
— TKop (@Timy_86) April 6, 2020
— Mohammed Arif (@mar1f70) April 6, 2020
Great news. Still shouldnt have got this far. But at least FSG reversed their original decision.
— Samy (@sazzam31) April 6, 2020
— gethynowen (@gethyngo) April 6, 2020
Liverpool fans, what do you make of the club’s decision to backtrack on furloughing some staff? Comment below with your views!