“The club has furloughed just six players at present together with 59 backroom staff. 100% of the backroom staff accepted being placed on the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. These are difficult times for everybody and we all have to pull together to find a solution through to the other side.

"Many of the club's employees were not furloughed and which includes senior management whose contracts are not affected. 

"It is correct that the six players that were furloughed are some of the highest-paid individuals and who, it is hoped, may be better placed to manage this crisis. Whatever the position it is the club's wish to be fair to all its loyal staff and it is hoped, as stated in the furlough letter, the club will make up any shortfall, when normality returns. 

"I see this as part of the club's continuing social responsibility to help where we can.

"To put the record straight those six players that have been furloughed were paid 100% of their salary up until the time they were furloughed and additionally the proportionate sum due under the Governments Job Retention Scheme.

"Nobody knows what the future holds but what I do feel is that the world has become a better place with innumerable selfless acts. We all have to be kind to each other and the club will play its part the best it can and for as long as it can.

"Football will return but for the moment “normality” looks to be some way off. Until then I wish all our supporters, their families and friends good health and stay safe.”

View the letter here.