Sol Campbell ‘on the brink of quitting as Southend boss’ following PFA’s stinging criticism of League One strugglers’ decision to furlough their players amid the coronavirus crisis
- Sol Campbell is ready to end his nightmare as the manager of Southend
- The League One side were criticised for furloughing some of their players
- The PFA accused them of ‘consistently letting players down on wages’
- Campbell has been in charge of Southend since October but now could quit
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Sol Cambell is reportedly ready to walk out as Southend boss after the League One club were slammed for furloughing some of their players.
Southend were 16 points adrift from safety before the season was suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic and have been suffering financial difficulties.
The EFL have charged them twice this season for failing to pay players on time and now the PFA have accused them of ‘consistently letting them down on wages’ after asking first-team stars to defer 50 per cent of their salaries.
Sol Campbell is reportedly ready to walk away from his job as manager of Southend United
The League One strugglers were slammed by the PFA for furloughing some of their players
WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S FURLOUGH SCHEME?
When an employee is placed on furlough they are temporarily put on a leave of absence and not paid, although they remain on the payroll, meaning that they do not lose their job.
This could be because there is no work for these employees, or that the company is not able to afford to pay them, because of the effects of the coronavirus crisis.
In the United Kingdom, the Government is offering to pay 80 per cent of a furloughed employee’s wages, up to £2,500 per month, until they are able to resume their job full time. The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will last for at least three months from March 1.
According to The Sun, Campbell has had enough of the nightmare and is on the brink of quitting the club.
Former England and Arsenal defender Campbell, who only joined the Shrimpers last October following his brief stint in charge of Macclesfield Town, has expressed sympathies for the players.
Southend’s owner Ron Martin has furloughed six of the club’s highest-paid players along with 59 members of the backroom team.
The PFA criticised the move, writing: ‘We’re extremely disappointed with the statement made by Ron Martin, which represents an unfair portrayal of the players and an inaccurate reflection of the club’s situation.
‘Throughout this season, the club has consistently let its players down with regards to late or non-payments of salaries. Despite the distress this caused, players responded in a professional manner, continued to train and felt a duty to complete fixtures.’
Club owner Ron Martin hit back at the PFA by insisting ‘everyone has accepted the situation’
But speaking to talkSPORT on Friday, Martin hit back at the PFA. He said: ‘I’m surprised the PFA have come out and said that.
‘Everybody else at the club accepted the situation, with the exception of six players.
‘Everybody else has been paid in full, and those six were paid in full up to the furloughing start date.
‘After that they were paid the remaining proportion of their wages.’