TOTTENHAM fans are outraged the club’s non-playing staff are feeling the effects of the coronavirus crisis while the footballers continue to receive full pay.
Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy cut the wages of 550 workers at the club for two months and furloughed others this week.
The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust hit out at the club and wants to see the players take a pay cut
The latter will be allowed to claim 80 per cent of their wages from the government up to a monthly maximum of £2,500.
Levy, who was the Prem’s best-paid exec last season with £7million, confirmed in a club statement: “The club’s operations have effectively ceased, some of our fans will have lost their jobs and most will be worried about their future.”
And the move ensures that Levy will feel the heat of his fellow chairmen and chief executives at today’s video conference “shareholder” meeting between the 20 clubs.
One chairman said: “He is a smart man but this wasn’t a smart move. It hurt the reputation of the entire league.
“A few of us simply don’t understand what Daniel was thinking.”
Now the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters Trust (THST) has hit out at their club’s leadership, calling on players and directors to make a further voluntary contribution “so that the most vulnerable do not bear too great a burden”.
A THST statement said: “We have strongly recommended that the club explains the detail and nuance to supporters with far more clarity than it has currently, and we hope it will take that advice.
“What has most angered fans, who care that their club does the right thing, is that an organisation that is perceived to be very wealthy is cutting staff pay and asking for government help while the most well-remunerated individuals under its umbrella maintain their earnings.
“This anger is not exclusive to the Spurs community, but the club’s reputation as a wealthy and well-run business means it is in the spotlight.
“We are aware that no football club can impose contract changes on its playing or coaching staff without agreement with the respective unions, the PFA and LMA.
“So the comment that THFC has chosen to cut non-playing staff wages while choosing not to cut playing staff wages is inaccurate.
“But there is nothing to stop the club’s players making a voluntary contribution to ensure that the most vulnerable do not bear too great a burden.
“And there is nothing to stop the club’s directors, including the chairman, making a further personal contribution on top of their 20 per cent wage cuts; points we have made directly to the club board and will continue to do so.
“We have made it clear that this is a course of action fans would overwhelmingly support.”
Jose Mourinho and his players are expected to take a pay cut after Levy warned they will “have to do their bit” amid these uncertain and unprecedented times.
Mourinho pockets a staggering £290,000-a-week at the North London club, while striker Harry Kane makes £200k-a-week.
The club’s statement added: “We have seen some of the biggest clubs in the world such as Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Juventus take steps to reduce their costs.
“We hope the current discussions between the Premier League, PFA and LMA will result in players and coaches doing their bit for the football eco system.”
Ex-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is shocked by the decision to hit the ordinary workers.
He also called on Tottenham’s top earners — and all the Premier League big hitters — to donate a chunk of their salaries to help the NHS and the country.
Redknapp, 73, said: “I can’t believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.
“I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.
“But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12million a year.
“Tottenham are owned by Joe Lewis, one of the richest men in the world, and his club are cutting the wages of all their non-football staff by 20 per cent. I can’t believe it.
“Here is a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week.
“And that’s average! Their top players earn £150,000 a week, maybe even £200,000 a week. Surely, players should be taking a cut.
“All kinds of people will go under and they will need all the help this game can give them.”
Tottenham told Sky Sports News in response: “We shall continue to work with the Trust in the interests of the club.”
Daniel Levy – who earned £7m as Spurs chairman last season – cut the pay of 550 non-playing staff and furloughed others