April 28, 2020 / 12:04 PM / a month ago

Factbox: Major decisions taken by Premier League clubs during COVID-19 crisis

(Reuters) - Following is a list of decisions taken by English Premier League clubs since the COVID-19 pandemic suspended the season in March.

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Premier League - Southampton v Burnley - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton, Britain - February 15, 2020 General view on the big screen of a message of support in relation to the outbreak of Coronavirus REUTERS/David Klein

Some clubs used the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where employers can claim 80% of furloughed employees’ monthly wage costs, up to 2,500 pounds ($3,102) per month.

All 20 teams are set to discuss plans for a potential restart in June via a conference call on May 1.

ARSENAL

* Players and coaching staff have agreed a 12.5% salary cut which came into effect in April with “agreed amounts” set to be repaid if specific targets linked to success on the pitch were met in the seasons ahead.

* Will continue paying employees and casual workers full salaries until the end of May.

* Reopened London Colney training facility to first team players for individual sessions on April 27 but continued to observe social distancing protocols.

ASTON VILLA

* Players, first team coaches and senior management have agreed to defer 25% of wages for four months, after which a review will take place.

* Villa Park repurposed to become a clinic providing maternity care to support an NHS hospital trust.

BOURNEMOUTH

* The club’s chief executive Neill Blake, first team technical director Richard Hughes, manager Eddie Howe and his assistant Jason Tindall have taken voluntary pay cuts.

* Staff were furloughed for at least three weeks but the club reversed their decision on April 14 after Premier League clubs were criticised for applying to the government scheme.

BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION

* Senior management took voluntary three-month pay cuts to help protect staff jobs.

* Will pay matchday staff until the end of the season.

* Amex Stadium converted into a drive-through COVID-19 testing centre to assist the NHS.

* Opened training ground for individual training sessions on April 27.

BURNLEY

* Chairman Mike Garlick said the club could run out of money by August if the season does not resume by then.

* Club did not furlough staff but will reconsider their position if the season does not resume by July.

CHELSEA

* First team did not take a pay cut or deferrals but the club urged them to continue supporting charitable causes.

* Full-time staff continue to be paid 100% of their wages.

* Millennium Hotel at Stamford Bridge stadium made available to the NHS for two months, with club owner Roman Abramovich covering the costs of providing accommodation.

CRYSTAL PALACE

* Chairman Steve Parish said all employees would receive full pay during the pandemic and they would not be placed on sick pay for issues related to COVID-19.

LIVERPOOL

* Furloughed some of their non-playing staff but reversed the decision and apologised after it drew sharp criticism from the British government and supporters.

* Expansion of their Anfield Road stand has been postponed by a year due to delays caused by lockdown measures.

MANCHESTER CITY

* Confirmed they would not make use of the government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

* Committed to paying casual matchday staff for the rest of the season.

MANCHESTER UNITED

* Informed staff that they would be paid in full during the pandemic and confirmed club would not make use of the furlough scheme.

NEWCASTLE UNITED

* Non-playing staff on temporary leave but they will be paid their full salaries until the end of April.

NORWICH CITY

* Furloughed staff unable to work but will receive usual salary in full with club topping up money received from the government scheme.

SHEFFIELD UNITED

* Players agreed to defer part of their salaries and bonuses until the end of the year.

* Manager Chris Wilder, his senior coaching staff and CEO Stephen Bettis, agreed to defer part of their pay and bonuses for six months.

SOUTHAMPTON

* First Premier League club to announce that their players and coaching staff will defer part of their salaries.

* Confirmed they would not be using the government’s job retention scheme.

* Staff not already deferring part of their salaries will receive full pay until at least June 30.

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

* Imposed a 20% pay cut on 550 non-playing staff in April and May and planned to use the government’s furlough scheme where appropriate.

* Reversed their decision to furlough staff on April 13 amid criticism from supporters spearheaded by the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust (THST).

* Installed medical equipment in their new stadium to operate drive-through COVID-19 testing and swabbing for NHS staff and their families.

* Made a limited number of pitches available for the first-team squad to use for individual sessions on April 28.

WATFORD

* Players agreed a wage deferral but details of the deal are private.

* Club has opened doors to the Watford General Hospital and are offering beds, food and training areas to support NHS staff.

WEST HAM UNITED

* Second Premier League club to announce wage deferrals for players.

* Manager David Moyes, vice chairman Karren Brady and CFO Andy Mollett to take a 30% pay cut.

* Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold and fellow shareholders to inject 30 million pounds into the club to deal with the impact of the pandemic.

* Some players allowed to train at Rush Green training ground on April 27 with British media reporting access was limited to one player at a time.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS

* Chairman Jeff Shi confirmed all staff would be paid while the club was closed due to the pandemic.

Compiled by Rohith Nair and Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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