Rotherham players left STUNNED as they receive letters from club asking them to go on Government’s furlough scheme after being relegated to League One last month
- Rotherham United players have been asked to go onto the furlough scheme
- They were relegated to League One last month after being in the Championship
- They have also suffered from the financial pressures of the global pandemic
- The scheme remains open to help companies top-up the wages to 80 per cent
- The EFL have left it open to individual clubs to choose if they want to pursue it
Rotherham United’s players have been stunned to receive letters from the club asking them to go onto the Government’s furlough scheme.
The South Yorkshire club were relegated into League One last month after a season in the Championship.
They have suffered from the financial pressures of the pandemic, and have become the latest members of the EFL to conjure a plan seeking Government help during the closed season.
Rotherham players received letters from the club asking them to go onto the furlough scheme
The furlough scheme remains open to help companies top-up the wages to 80 per cent up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The levels are set to be reduced from the end of June.
The EFL have left it open to individual clubs to choose if they want to pursue it but the idea of taking an out-of-season pay cut has not gone down well with the players.
Sheffield Wednesday, also relegated into League One in a season when they struggled to pay players on time, asked those still under contract to go onto furlough for the summer. They rejected it.
The South Yorkshire club were relegated into League One after a season in the Championship
They have also suffered from the financial pressures of the global coronavirus pandemic
At Rotherham, too, it will be hard to swallow, especially for those players who have recently seen transfer bids rejected, such as Michael Smith and Matt Crooks.
Centre-forward Smith is wanted by Middlesbrough, and Ipswich are among the clubs interested in midfielder Crooks. Perhaps they will be forced to reconsider if more than a year of lost income is starting to bite hard.
By rejecting bids, the club is denying these players the chance of better pay only to then ask them to take a cut and go on furlough. The PFA are sure to take a closer look.
These are difficult times for lower-league clubs and there is plenty of sympathy but they have to play fair.