Harry Redknapp has blasted Tottenham for cutting the wages of their 550 non-playing staff by 20 per cent, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will use the Government’s furlough scheme, while playing staff on big money still bank their full pay.
But in this exclusive with Harry Harris, former Spurs manager Redknapp has called on Tottenham’s top earners – and all Premier League big hitters – to donate a 20 per cent cut of their salaries, to help the NHS and the nation.
The vastly-experienced former football manager was shocked by Spurs’ decision to hit the ordinary workers.
Harry said: “This isn’t for big clubs like Tottenham. I thought the government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and for small businesses, who are struggling. But you’re talking here about a club where their players earn £10m, £12m 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.
“Surely, players should be taking a cut. I know players’ minds and they don’t want to be going it alone, but they’ll do it if all their team-mates do it.
Redknapp was speaking on his newly-launched official podcast, ‘The Harry Redknapp Podcast’, available on Patreon.
Harry continued: “Here’s a club where the average player earns £80,000, £90,000, £100,000 a week – and that’s average – while their top players earn £150,000 a week, maybe even £200,000 a week.
“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’re all in it together, let’s donate to help our staff’ – and I’m sure they’d all do it.
“They can all get on the phone and have a meeting by phone, they all know the importance of helping out the staff and they’ll want to help. They know there are a lot of people struggling.
“They know this country isn’t going to be the same again. It’s going to hit everyone – the corner shops, cafes, hotels – all kinds of people will go under. They’ll need all the help this game can give them.”
Levy said earlier that he hoped players and coaches would also “do their bit”, as talks continue between the Premier League, clubs and the Professional Footballers’ Association over wage cuts or deferrals during football’s shutdown.
Levy also warned last month that the crisis could “undermine the long-term stability” of Tottenham and that “many clubs – whether big or small – may struggle to exist” after the crisis.
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