Newcastle place majority of non-playing staff on 'furlough leave'

Mike Ashley

Newcastle have placed the majority of their non-playing staff on furlough leave.

The government scheme allows workers to claim 80 per cent of their wages to a maximum of £2,500 per month.

Staff were informed via email on Monday morning.

The move by owner Mike Ashley includes an offer to members of the club's Academy and Scouting department.

Newcastle are the first Premier League club to place staff on furlough leave, although north-east rivals Sunderland, who play in Sky Bet League One, have already done so.

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The club's first-team squad are isolating at home for another two weeks.

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