‘We have to protect the club’ – Port Vale put players and staff on furlough



Port Vale have placed their players and staff on furlough to protect the business while the season is suspended.

All the first team players and backroom staff have been placed on the scheme, as have the youth scholars.

Some staff are remaining to keep the club running and are also helping with the club’s community efforts while there is no football.

Vale are following the example of other EFL clubs who have decided to use the government’s job retention scheme which pays 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 a month.

The club is also contributing so that the contracted players and staff who have been furloughed will receive 100 per cent of their wages. 

They are also applying to the furlough scheme for non-contracted matchday staff.

Chief executive Colin Garlick said: “With matchday staff and monthly staff, right across our employee base, we have in excess of 250 people so it is quite a task trying to communicate with those at the current time in any sort of personal way. We have been as personal as we can.

“But we have furloughed quite a large number of staff and they received their notice on Monday evening.

“We do that as best we can to protect the club. To be fair to Carol and Kevin they are looking to support it because there is only so much you can claim through the government scheme.

“But all the monthly staff are being paid their full salaries and then we are paying the matchday staff for the games we have not played yet.

“We have done the right thing. It has been busy and it is ongoing because we now have to process the claims.” 

Vale’s players would have to come off furlough when they start training again but it’s unclear when that will be.

The EFL has asked clubs not to call players back to training until May 16 at the earliest, and is still hopeful of finishing the season behind closed doors this summer, with games streamed live.

But that will depend on government guidelines about coronavirus.

The Vale chief executive added: “At the moment we are still unsure as to what is going to happen with the rest of the season. We are in effect keeping the players away from it, based on the information given to us by the EFL who are recommending we don’t bring players back before May 16.

“That is probably the earliest we will consider it and we will take it from there. It is quite proper that we wait for government updates.

“I can’t see the players in before May 16, whether they do come back in following that weekend, I’m still not too sure because we are all still waiting.”





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