Sunderland shot the players of the first team, the players of the contracted Academy and the staff behind the scenes.
The Black Cats became the second Sky Bet League One club after Portsmouth to use the government’s compensation scheme to cover 80% of employee wages, up to a maximum of £ 2,500 per month.
Sunderland added that “there is no intention of asking any player or staff to cut wages or to postpone their wages” and that all employees will be paid in full.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Sunderland AFC today can confirm that its first team players, contracted academy players and backroom staff have recently been put on leave due to the continuing impact of the Covid pandemic. -19.
“A limited number of employees, including manager Phil Parkinson, continue to work from home and the club’s priority remains the health and well-being of its players, staff, fans and the local community during this unprecedented period.”
Meanwhile, Newcastle United is under increasing pressure from fans to reverse their decision to hire taxpayers money to pay staff.
As elected champions, Liverpool apologized and changed its decision to use the Job Retention Scheme for the benefit of football.
But Newcastle are believed to be respecting the decision to put unused personnel on the run, including scouts, so that the government pays 80% of their wages up to £ 2,500.
The Geordies were the first football clubs to benefit from a tax payer subsidy, despite it being a small part of their salary.
Steve Bruce’s team earns more than £ 100 million and has not yet announced a pay cut or a charitable donation.
Newcastle is believed to be in a solid financial position and able to withstand the current storm with revenue of £ 179 million per year and a surplus of around £ 50 million per season to spend on transfers, prior to player sales.
However, this will be demolished if clubs in the top flight must repay TV revenue if they cannot complete the suspended season.
Newcastle fans have seen Liverpool bow to pressure from their fans, but owner Mike Ashley is unlikely to be affected.
The club is still paying 20% of staff wages to make sure they don’t lose.
Ashley is awaiting a solid takeover offer from a group supported by the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund, which yesterday indicated that it will use the current Covid-19 crisis in the global economy to buy cheaper goods. .
A Saudi PFI source told FT: “You will see many acquisitions in the coming weeks. This is a good opportunity – bearing in mind that their main effort right now should be domestic oriented [economy]”.