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I've spent many a workday researching CHAPS.

I don’t know Callum.  But you weren’t arsed when it came to your own website (https://realcombatmedia.com), with its in depth coverage of Joshua vs Ruiz II so why are you arsed now? Fuck off

I think it's fair to say that the journalists aren't winning hearts and minds from our lot on this.   We're going to have a club-wide siege mentality at this rate. As Strawb says, thick skin

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1 hour ago, TheGingerQuiff said:

Company i work for turns over about 30 billion and has people furloughed. I think football clubs are an easy target for virtue signallers.

 

 

I think that's a fair point, however the furlough scheme was brought in to save jobs.

 Your firm is using the scheme to do just that as most of it's employees will be on the same or simliar wages. When the scheme ends 31st oct hopfully no body ill be paid off, but some might.

 The reason football clubs or certainly Premier League clubs are targeted for using furlough is because most of it's staff are on 50k,60k plus wages per week.

 

Then they use the scheme to pay the rest of the staff on normal wages to penny pinch, well ashley does. The rest of the Premier league clubs don't.   ( I think relagated Norwich are using it as well ) 

When the scheme ends I doubt very much many any staff will be made redundant. 

If a Premier league club can afford to pay those type of wages to many footballers, how can they possibly pay people off when the scheme ends ?

  Ashley is using the scheme because he can, legally but it's morally wrong imo.

 

I can understand lower league teams like sunland using to scheme to save jobs of course.:D I think the JTS will for sure save jobs in the lower league, but not all them.

  

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1 minute ago, Tdansmith said:

I think that's a fair point, however the furlough scheme was brought in to save jobs.

 Your firm is using the scheme to do just that as most of it's employees will be on the same or simliar wages. When the scheme ends 31st oct hopfully no body ill be paid off, but some might.

 The reason football clubs or certainly Premier League clubs are targeted for using furlough is because most of it's staff are on 50k,60k plus wages per week.

 

Then they use the scheme to pay the rest of the staff on normal wages to penny pinch, well ashley does. The rest of the Premier league clubs don't.   ( I think relagated Norwich are using it as well ) 

When the scheme ends I doubt very much many any staff will be made redundant. 

If a Premier league club can afford to pay those type of wages to many footballers, how can they possibly pay people off when the scheme ends ?

  Ashley is using the scheme because he can, legally but it's morally wrong imo.

 

I can understand lower league teams like sunland using to scheme to save jobs of course.:D I think the JTS will for sure save jobs in the lower league, but not all them.

  

 

The top brass at my company will be on footballers wages too. 

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2 minutes ago, Kid Dynamite said:


The alternative at NUFC is Ashley puts his hand in his pocket and takes staff out of furlough. Like every other club has 

 

Well every company could do that but it's not realistic, hence the furlough scheme. Despite the players wages, the club isn't exactly hugely profitable compared to other businesses using the scheme.

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Just now, TheGingerQuiff said:

 

Well every company could do that but it's not realistic, hence the furlough scheme. Despite the players wages, the club isn't exactly hugely profitable.


Every football club in the league HAS done that, so it can’t be that unrealistic. 
 

Apart from Ashley 

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With many companies, the people on furlough will represent a large percentage of the company’s outgoings. With PL clubs it’s a drop in the ocean. I do agree football clubs are a soft target though 

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1 minute ago, TheGingerQuiff said:

 

So what? Should Ashley cover the furlough costs for all of his other businesses too? He's not even that cash rich, much of his wealth is in assets.


Well it’s already been established that he claimed furlough payments whilst making sports direct warehouse staff go back to work.

 

Defending Ashley using your taxes to keep his money in his own pocket is a strange hill to die on 

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Just now, Kid Dynamite said:


Well it’s already been established that he claimed furlough payments whilst making sports direct warehouse staff go back to work.

 

Defending Ashley using your taxes to keep his money in his own pocket is a strange hill to die on 

 

I'm not exactly defending that. I'm saying that football clubs are small-fry in terms of profitability compared to othet companies using the scheme. Let's not forget the hit to the clubs matchday income too. Ashley covering all of it would be a noble gesture and good p.r, but I don't agree with the clamour and expectation for him to. 

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I suppose all the other business owners that have been using the scheme are skint. He's as entitled to use it as anybody. It'd have cost him tens of millions every month to cover the furlough costs of all of his employees. It wouldn't bankrupt him but it's not a realistic expectation 

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