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Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy

Tottenham have reversed their controversial decision to utilise the UK government's coronavirus job retention scheme and promised to pay all non-playing staff their wages in full.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy acknowledged "criticism" that has been fierce and widespread since they announced plans at the end of March as to how they would cope with the Covid-19 fallout.

The north London club outlined their intention to reduce the wages of all 550 non-playing directors and employees for April and May by 20 per cent, utilising, where appropriate, the UK's furlough scheme.

Tottenham's decision led to a ferocious backlash which has brought about a belated U-turn from last season's Champions League finalists.

Norwich, Newcastle and Bournemouth continue with their plans to utilise the Government's job retention scheme.

Sheffield United announced over the weekend they "will assess whether or not to participate in the JRS" at a later date after furloughing some staff, while runaway Premier League leaders Liverpool changed their decision to furlough staff due to a furious backlash.

Spurs felt similar heat, with the Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust (THST) publicly railing against the move, and chairman Levy has held his hands up.

"The criticism the club has received over the last week has been felt all the more keenly because of our track record of good works and our huge sense of responsibility to care for those that rely on us, particularly locally," he said.

"It was never our intent, as custodians, to do anything other than put measures in place to protect jobs whilst the club sought to continue to operate in a self-sufficient manner during uncertain times.

"We regret any concern caused during an anxious time and hope the work our supporters will see us doing in the coming weeks, as our stadium takes on a whole new purpose, will make them proud of their club."