Reading manager Mark Bowen has told BBC Berkshire‘s Tim Dellor that ‘some staff’ have been placed on furlough leave.
Football clubs up and down the country face huge uncertainty in the coming months.
With no football to play, there’s no income for the clubs. But they still employ players and many more non-playing staff, putting hundreds of football teams in precarious financial positions.
Reading are no different, and BBC journalist Dellor tweeted late last night that Bowen had confirmed to him that some of the club’s staff members had been placed on furlough leave:
Mark Bowen confirmed to me some staff at Reading FC are on Furlough. He also said he expects some games to be played behind closed doors but players will need at least a couple of weeks to prepare for a restart. We talked about financial issues at the club. 3pm @BBCBerkshire
— Tim Dellor (@TimDellor) April 11, 2020
Dellor also went on to mention that Bowen expects games to be played behind closed doors, as and when it’s safe to do so, and that he feels his players will need 2-3 weeks of training before they can compete again.
There’s so many issues for the EFL and so on to contemplate right now. Ensuring peoples’ safety is obviously paramount, but thought needs to be paid to the football season, and the financial hardship that so many clubs face.
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Reading don’t boast great ticket sales, and having spent a fair few million last summer, they could easily fall into a financial mess in a few months time. Even in the coming weeks if the pandemic doesn’t ease any.
Reading are no different to any other club facing uncertainty right now, and making use of the furlough system won’t garner them as much criticism as Liverpool for example.
Behind closed doors looks like how the season will restart at least, and it could be a long while yet before we’re tuning into those fixtures.