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Bournemouth reverses furlough decision

Bournemouth is the latest Premier League club to walk back furloughs for its employees, joining Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool.

The Cherries didn’t sugarcoat the decision, saying they meant the best but have understood and reacted to the blowback in society during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bournemouth announced the furloughs when manager Eddie Howe took a pay cut earlier this month.

The English government’s furlough scheme pays 80 percent of wages of any staff impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

Premier League clubs opting to use the scheme found it to be very unpopular.

However well-placed our intentions were, we are aware of criticisms levelled at Premier League clubs applying for this scheme.

We have listened to our supporters and have reversed our decision to furlough these employees.

We, as a board of directors, will ensure that the club can continue to operate while the season is suspended, and we will not be applying for the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.