Port Vale keeper Scott Brown on being furloughed and club owners



Port Vale’s PFA representative Scott Brown has praised the club’s owners for the way they have dealt with the squad while the season has been suspended.

Vale’s players have been placed on furlough but the club is also contributing so that players and contracted monthly staff are still being paid in full.

The government’s job retention scheme pays 80 per cent of an employee’s wage, up to £2,500 per month.

Vale chief executive Colin Garlick said the club had to take measures to protect the business which has lost out on matchday income since the campaign was suspended on March 13.

Brown has spoken to the owners in his PFA role while also taking advice from Simon Barker, the former Vale midfielder who is assistant chief executive at the players union.

The keeper said: “They have been fantastic. The PFA warned us clubs might try to take extra off but we never thought that would be the case at Port Vale with the owners we have got and Colin Garlick.

“Simon Barker checked over the letter and said he never had any doubts but it’s his job he has to check it over. They have handled it perfectly.

“We are very fortunate that the football cub are making up the rest of the money so no one is going without. But obviously with the way football is going at the moment, if it comes to it there will have to be discussions because you can’t keep expecting clubs to be forking out when there is no money coming in.”

The EFL hopes the season can be finished this summer but games would have to be behind closed doors. But that will depend on government advice about coronavirus.

The league estimates that, if the season can restart, it will take 56 days to finish including play-off matches.

Clubs have been advised not to recall their players for training until May 16 at the earliest, but that date could be put back depending on government guidelines.





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