Date: 15th April 2020 at 1:30pm
Written by: Jimmy Light

According to a report from the BBC, Bournemouth have joined the growing list of Premier League clubs that have followed Liverpool’s example of reversing their furlough decision – which should arguably be a point of praise for our club. 

Almost a fortnight ago, Liverpool announced that we were going to apply for the government’s taxpayer-funded job retention scheme in a bid to secure the livelihoods of non-playing staff at the club.

This decision sparked fierce and relentless backlash, with a huge debate since arising over whether top flight clubs should have access to the scheme given their apparent financing and power.

Realising our misjudged error, the club promptly apologised to our fans for their announcement over furlough – with chief executive Peter Moore humbly admitting that we ‘came to the wrong conclusion’.

Should Premier League clubs be allowed to furlough non-playing staff?

Yes

Yes

No

No

Of course, there is an argument to be made that the club only reversed their decision due to the nature of the backlash, but the fact we reversed it at all during these unprecedented times could display a potential showing of class. Since the Reds’ announcement just over a week ago, stating that they were doing a full u-turn, a few Premier League outfits have since followed suit – with Liverpool seemingly leading by example.

Spurs also declared recently that they have reversed their decision to furlough non-playing staff, and it could only be a matter of time before other clubs join the Cherries and Tottenham.

Most importantly, the backlash Liverpool faced regarding their original furlough stance can only be a source for good – with clubs hopefully being turned off from such a decision in the future.