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Harry Redknapp blasts former club Tottenham over cutting wages of 550 staff


Harry Redknapp has blasted his former club Tottenham for cutting the wages of non-playing staff – while first-team stars take home full pay.

With football at a standstill due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tottenham are to impose a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing employees, using the Government’s furlough scheme.

But the move has caused controversy, as the club’s multi-millionaire players are still being paid in full.

Now former Spurs boss Redknapp has urged Tottenham stars to lead by example and take a pay cut – calling for all Premier League players to do the same to help out club employees.

“I can’t believe it,” said Redknapp, who managed Tottenham from 2008 to 2012. “Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham.

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“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.”

Redknapp added: “Here is a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week.

Tottenham’s plan to use the Government’s furlough scheme has caused controversy

“And that’s average! Their top players earn £150,000 a week, maybe even £200,000 a week.

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“Surely, players should be taking a cut.

“I know their minds and they don’t want to be going it alone but they will do it if all their team-mates do it.

“They can all afford to hand over 10 per cent and I’d like to see the captain of every Premier League club call a meeting and say, ‘Come on, guys, we are all in it together, let’s donate to help our staff’.

“They can all have a meeting by phone.

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“They all know the importance of helping out the staff and they will want to help — they know there are a lot of people struggling.”

Speaking on the ’Arry Redknapp Podcast, Redknapp said: “They know this country isn’t going to be the same again.

“It is going to hit everyone — the corner shops, cafes, hotels.

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“All kinds of people will go under and they will need all the help this game can give them.”

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has become the first Premier League manager to take a voluntary pay cut, while Barcelona stars including Lionel Messi have agreed to donate a proportion of their wages so that non-playing staff can continue to be paid in full.





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