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Newcastle United Furlough update as Mike Ashley shames club

2 months ago

The Furlough scheme was never ever intended to be used by multi-billionaire owners of Premier League clubs.

However, Mike Ashley was very quick, even in the early stages of the virus crisis, to take every advantage for himself throughout his money making empire, amongst his actions he used the Furlough scheme to pay many of his staff at Newcastle United.

Other Premier League clubs (such as Liverpool and Spurs) went to go down the same route but were quickly shamed into not using taxpayers money to pay their normal (not the players or first team coaching) staff.

In the end, of the 20 clubs in the 2019/20 Premier League, only Newcastle United and Norwich City did use the furlough scheme, the Canaries already all but relegated by that point and had the least well off owners in the top tier.

The furlough scheme was most definitely not set up with the intention of Premier League clubs and their mega-rich owners taking advantage of it and shameful that multi-billionaire Mike Ashley took full advantage and continues to do so, taking taxpayers money instead of impacting his own own billions of wealth.

Moving into the 2020/21 season and Mike Ashley continued to use taxpayers money to pay many of his non-playing staff.

Now in August 2021 the Government have made the latest furlough figures available and named the businesses that are still claiming.

These latest Government figures refer to money claimed by businesses in May 2021 (the release of figures always running a few months behind).

The Government Furlough figures are always banded and Mike Ashley and Newcastle United have claimed between £100,001 and £250,000 for staff in May 2021.

Mike Ashley and the club have never even publicly acknowledged that Newcastle United have any furloughed employees, even though month after month the Government figures are showing this to be the case.

Quite ironic when you factor in Mike Ashley calling the Premier League a disgrace for not allowing transparency with regard to the Newcastle United takeover hearing.

The furlough scheme will run until the end of September 2021 and no doubt Mike Ashley will look to take advantage of taxpayer money to help pay his Newcastle United staff, right up to the bitter end when the scheme closes.

Mike Ashley has also continued to refuse to release the official Newcastle United accounts for the 2019/20 season, which will include the early months of using the Furlough scheme. Newcastle the only Premier League club yet to release their accounts for two seasons ago (2019/20).


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