A few days ago, Gary Neville slated the Premier League owners that have put their staff on furlough leave – believing they should be banned from buying players when the window opens if they
Unsurprisingly, we were the first club to adhere to the government retention scheme, with Spurs, Norwich, Liverpool and Bournemouth following suit.
Since then, however, not only have big guns Liverpool and Spurs reversed their decisions following severe backlash, but Bournemouth are now the latest club to take back their initial decision.
While he may be pre-occupied with a potential takeover, we’ve heard nothing from Mike Ashley or Newcastle United – meaning it’s just ourselves and Premier League minnows Norwich left.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Neville has had this to say said:
‘What I would say in the bigger picture, these transfer discussions and big-money signings completely undermine 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 big transfer 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.’
He makes a very good point – but we suspect any new owners would come in and quickly reverse that decision, with this being something Luke Edwards has alluded to in his latest takeover piece for the Telegraph.
That said, it would be quite fitting if Mike Ashley left the club without reversing this decision, with it summing up his shameless approach to money – and his lack of care for the people who need it
If this is to be his final few weeks in charge of the club, we will remember his disgraceful attempt to keep Sports Direct open in a global crisis, his hiking of prices in a time of need, his refusal to refund fans continuing to pay for NEXT year’s season tickets and his inability to do the right thing when others reversed their decision to put staff on furlough leave.