Newcastle United have today placed ‘the majority’ of club staff on furlough leave as we enter the second week of national lockdown during the Coronavirus outbreak.
As revealed by the Chronicle, Lee Charnley is said to have staff – which also includes academy and scouting personnel – by e-mail this morning to bring the clubs official policy in line with the rest of the country.
Those that have been laid off have been pointed in the direction of the Government’s Job Retention Scheme, enabling them to earn 80% of their wage for the duration of the crisis.
As revealed by Lee Ryder, the club state the decision has been taken in a bid ‘to safeguard future of the club’, with us becoming the first Premier League club to put staff on furlough leave following the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move does not include manager Steve Bruce, his coaching staff, or any of the first-team players.
Players are being told to continue to maintain fitness levels from the comfort of their own homes and to follow the social distancing guidelines put in place by the Government like the rest of the country.