Boss Eddie Howe welcomes Bourn...


Boss Eddie Howe welcomes Bournemouth u-turn on furloughing staff

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has welcomed the club's move to reverse their original decision to put non-playing staff on furlough.

Just less than two weeks after the club announced it would be availing of the UK government's coronavirus job retention scheme, Bournemouth have followed Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur in rowing back on that decision.

On the same day of the original announcement, the south-coast club said that Howe and his coaching assistants had taken a voluntary pay cut, something Howe felt was no big deal.

"The four of us got together, me, Neil Blake, Jason Tindall, Richard Hughes and we just thought it was the right thing to do. The right thing to do for our club," Howe told Sky Sports.

"We weren't trying to make any grand statements. I didn't think it would generate the press that it did. It just felt like the right thing to do for our club, for the staff of the club.

"That's always how I've been built, I've not been money motivated and I felt this was the right thing to do for the club, as I said, and in respect of the owner as well."

Being the bigger clubs of the five who made the move to furlough staff, Liverpool and Tottenham took a larger amount of public criticism and both clubs admitted that pressure from supporters played a big part in their decisions.

Bournemouth also said last night that the club had listened to supporters and Howe was pleased to see they had.

"Definitely, I welcomed it. It's such a difficult thing. I think the decision was made in the best interests of the club at the time," Howe said.

"I think upon reflecting on things, I think the club have definitely come to the right decision."

Newcastle United and Norwich City are the only top-flight clubs left, availing of the job retention scheme in the UK which would see the government guarantee 80 per cent of a worker's salary up to £2,500 (€2,873) a month.

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