Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher hailed the Reds’ decision not to accept government money, saying he was “ delighted ” about their U-turn on staff.
On Saturday, the club said it would apply to the government’s taxpayer-funded job retention program during the coronavirus crisis, triggering a violent reaction.
Liverpool radically reversed its decision to accept government funding on Monday evening, and now a host of big names have spoken out about their cancellation.
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher expressed his joy after the Reds turned around
Carragher said Sky Sports: “I was hoping there was enough time to reconsider this decision. I was angry.
“At the moment, Liverpool is leading the league, world champions, they tick so many boxes. People see them as a kind of model.
“For something to go wrong, I couldn’t believe it. I was embarrassed as a Liverpool fan.
“Tottenham and Newcastle have already done it, I expected it, and the football world expected it from Daniel Levy and Mike Ashley. But not Liverpool, which was built under its owners because “it means more”. I am delighted that they have changed their minds. “
Liverpool made a dramatic reversal in its decision to accept government funding
Gary Neville, speaking with Carragher in the live debate, said football had missed “ a huge opportunity to set the tone ” following Liverpool’s initial decision, with a number of clubs opting for layoff Staff.
“We said there was a huge opportunity for football to set the tone,” he said. “It is such an important part in people’s lives. It is such an important part of what England carries around the world, billions of people watch it.
“ There was a very good chance that if football set the tone, everyone would follow and do the right things.
Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright tweeted to congratulate the club, saying, “Never too late to do the right thing.”
And ex-Southampton star Matt Le Tissier also weighed in the debate, applauding Liverpool fans and former players for forcing the club’s hand.
He tweeted, “Kudos to all former Liverpool players and their own fans, whose reaction led to a change in LFC course on the holiday.”
The Anfield club announced on Saturday its intention to take advantage of Chanon Rishi Sunak’s coronavirus retention program, with more than half of its non-playing staff on leave. It was a decision that led to fierce criticism from fans and former players.
Fenway Sports Group – Liverpool owners, who are based in Boston – have entered into discussions with Moore, Liverpool mayor Joe Anderson, Metro mayor Steve Rotherham and influential fan union Spirit of Shankly after realizing the aftermath .
Liverpool CEO Peter Moore wrote a letter to supporters to clarify the situation
The talks – which also involved Billy Hogan, club commercial director and financial director Andy Hughes, but not director Jurgen Klopp or senior players – led Moore to publish an open letter to supporters on the club’s official website for explain that they had made a mistake. of judgment.
Chief Executive Officer Peter Moore wrote: “ Allowing for a perspective in these unprecedented and trying times, it is important to address a problem that we, as an organization, have been involved with over the weekend.
“We have consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties involved.
“A series of possible scenarios was considered, including, but not limited to: a request to join the Coronavirus retention program which pays 80% of salary and guarantees payment of 20%; make a request to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee of reimbursement of sums received at a later date and, thirdly, find another way to cover our living expenses.
“ It was after this extensive consultation – and our own internal deliberations at various levels within the Club – that we chose to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the job retention program against coronaviruses .
Liverpool owner John W Henry criticized after initial decision
WHAT IS THE FURLOUGH GOVERNMENT REGIME?
When an employee is put on leave, he is temporarily put on leave and is not paid, although he remains on the payroll, which means that he does not lose his job.
This could be due to the fact that there is no work for these employees, or that the company cannot afford to pay them, due to the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the UK, the government offers to pay 80% of the salary of an employee on leave, up to £ 2,500 per month, until he can return to work full time. The coronavirus job retention program will last at least three months from March 1.
“ We think we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply for the coronavirus retention program and staff on leave due to the suspension of the Premier League football calendar and we are very sorry. ”
It is not the first time that FSG – whose personalities are the main owner John W Henry, President Tom Werner and President Mike Gordon – has annulled a controversial decision. In February 2016, they abandoned their plans to introduce tickets for £ 77 following a mass walkout at Anfield.
The FSG is aware of the way it is perceived publicly and has not been left without hesitation on the fact that the acceptance of state intervention was not a good idea for a company whose turnover ‘business was £ 533 million last year. The Champions League winners made a profit of £ 42 million.
Some of these employees who were originally on leave will now return to their posts – it is up to department heads to decide on the distribution of staff – but Moore warned that Liverpool will face more turbulent times as long as he does not play football.
The initial decision canceled out all the good work that Jurgen Klopp’s team has produced this season
Moore said: “ In a spirit of transparency, we need to be clear – despite the fact that we were healthy before this crisis – our income has been closed, but our spending remains. And like almost all sectors of society, there is great uncertainty and concern about our present and our future.
“Like any responsible employer who cares about its employees in the current situation, the Club continues to prepare for a series of different scenarios, around the time when football can become operational again as before the pandemic. These scenarios range from best to worst and everything in between.
“It is inevitable that many of these scenarios will involve a massive drop in revenues, with unprecedented business losses as a result. The fact that these vital financial resources are so deeply affected would obviously affect our ability to function as we have done before.
“We are engaged in exploring all avenues within our reach to limit the inevitable damage.”
FULL LETTER FROM PETER MOORE
Dear Liverpool supporters
Above all, on behalf of our company, Fenway Sports Group, we would like to highlight the thoughts and concerns of everyone towards those suffering from the terrible COVID-19 pandemic and the families of those affected.
We would also like to recognize and pay tribute to the heroism of the incredible health service and key workers at the local, national and international levels. All other concerns must be placed in this context first.
Allowing for a perspective in these unprecedented and heartbreaking times, it is important to address a problem in which we, as an organization, have been involved since the weekend.
We consulted with a range of key stakeholders as part of a process to achieve the best possible outcome for all parties involved. A range of possible scenarios was considered, including, but not limited to: applying for the coronavirus job retention program which pays 80% of salary and guarantees payment of 20%; make a request to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme with a guarantee of reimbursement of sums received at a later date and, thirdly, find another way to cover our living expenses.
It was directly following this extensive consultation and our own internal deliberations at different levels of the Club that we chose to find alternative means despite our eligibility to apply for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week to announce that we intended to apply for the coronavirus retention program and staff on leave due to the suspension of the Premier League football schedule, and we we are really sorry.
Our intentions were, and still are, to provide the entire workforce with maximum protection against layoffs and / or loss of income during this unprecedented period.
We are therefore committed to finding alternative ways of operating when there are no football matches in progress, which ensures that we do not apply for the government assistance program.
We would like to thank the large army of staff and casual workers who work tirelessly to ensure that Liverpool is a club that operates to the highest standards.
But in a spirit of transparency, we must also be clear, despite the fact that we were in good health before this crisis, our income has been closed and our expenses remain unchanged. And like almost all sectors of society, there is great uncertainty and concern about our present and our future.
Like any responsible employer concerned about its workers in the current situation, the Club continues to prepare for a series of different scenarios, around the moment when football can become operational again as before the pandemic. These scenarios range from best to worst and everything in between.
It is inevitable that many of these scenarios will involve a massive drop in revenues, with unprecedented operating losses as a result. The fact that these vital financial resources are so deeply affected would obviously affect our ability to function as we have done before.
We are engaged in exploring all avenues within our reach to limit the inevitable damage. We thank the many amazing people at our club, at all levels, who are committed to helping us do it, despite the complexity and unpredictability of the world and our industry.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank those who have engaged with us productively, as well as our supporters, their representatives, in particular Spirit of Shankly, the Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson, the Mayor of the Underground, Steve Rotheram, local MPs Dan Carden and Ian Byrne and many others with whom we had a very valuable dialogue.