Newcastle become first Premier League club to furlough staff with football shut down due to coronavirus pandemic
- March 31, 2020
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The professional game in England has been suspended until April 30 at the earliest, while a number of non-league divisions have had their seasons ended by the Football Association and declared null and void.
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Clubs across the globe have been cutting staff salaries to cope amid the worldwide shutdown, while some have even had to furlough employees to ensure they survive.
And now Newcastle have placed members of their non-playing staff on furlough leave, becoming the first Premier League club to do so.
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It is understood employees were informed of the decision on Monday with those affected referred to the Government’s job retention scheme, under which furloughed staff are entitled to claim 80 per cent of their monthly wage up to £2,500.
Newcastle are yet to confirm the move, which is understood to affect all areas of the club’s operations other than the playing and coaching staff.