Mike Ashley decision at Newcastle United under the spotlight

Newcastle United’s decision to furlough staff is under the spotlight – after Liverpool abandoned plans to follow suit.

Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool, along with Newcastle, last week revealed that they would furlough non-playing staff on 80% pay using the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

Their decision to take Government money provoked a backlash – and Liverpool have now reversed their decision.

Liverpool chief executive Peter Moore said: “We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply to the coronavirus retention scheme and furlough staff due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar, and are truly sorry for that.”

The spotlight is now on Newcastle, owned by Mike Ashley, and Tottenham. Former England international and Match of the Day pundit Gary Lineker tweeted: “People will remember those that stand up and do what’s right in these extraordinarily testing times.”

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley managing director Lee Charnley.