The football expert suggests a transfer embargo on the clubs which are not taking care of their non-playing staff.
The former Manchester United player Gary Neville has voiced his opinion that the Premier League clubs who have furloughed their staff or have cut players’ wages must be banned in the upcoming transfer market. Clubs like Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United have taken the government scheme which helps them to pay 80% of staff wages amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Neville said on Sky Sports(via Daily Mail), “What I would say in the bigger picture, these transfer discussions, [Harry] Kane for £200m, [Jadon] Sancho for £100m, big-money signings completely undermines the discussions they are having with players.”
“If you are having a 30 per cent pay cut across the board and you are talking about spending a billion on players, you may have to put a transfer embargo in place.”
“It is very difficult for players to see a transfer for £200m a few weeks later. It doesn’t feel right to me. There is no smoke without fire, I would suggest the Premier League stop this and put a transfer embargo in place on all clubs that are trying to reduce their wages. Players are having their wools pulled over their eyes by clubs,” concluded Gary Neville.
Norwich, Bournemouth and Sheffield United have also been criticised for putting their non-playing staff under furlough which means the government will pay 80% of the wages up to £2,500 per month.
Liverpool FC had initially put their staff on furlough but have made a reverse decision after a public backlash. Manchester clubs have publically stated that they will not opt the government scheme.