English Premiership

Premier League legend says players must take pay cuts

Harry Redknapp (AFP)
Harry Redknapp (AFP)

Harry Redknapp says it doesn't make sense for a club like Tottenham Hotspur to furlough non-playing staff while paying players their full salaries.

Redknapp’s former club are owned by multi-billionaire businessman Joe Lewis and yet have joined Newcastle, Norwich and Bournemouth in furloughing non-playing staff.

The PFA are arguing that footballers should be paid in full even during this financial crisis.

"I can't believe it. Surely players should be taking a cut. This isn't for big clubs like Tottenham,” Redknapp told The Sun.

"I thought the Government were going to pay ordinary people who are struggling and help small businesses who are struggling.

"But you are talking here about a club where their players earn £10-12 million 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%. I can’t believe it.

"Here is a club where the average player earns £80 000, £90 000, £100 000 a week.

"And that's average! Their top players earn £150 000 a week, maybe even £200 000 a week.

"Surely, players should be taking a cut."

- TEAMtalk media

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