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Branston Pickle last won the day on August 11 2019

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  1. Branston Pickle

    Where does 30% go?

    I confess I did wonder - it’s all well and good moaning that footballers are overpaid and should do more, but ultimately they are paid by their clubs. Presumably the money will be diverted to a specific account for “good causes”, otherwise the football clubs just save all the money for themselves (along with the taxpayer losing rather a large wedge of tax).
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    I do hope you are complaining in the same way to every single company that is using the scheme, because by this logic they are all taking money from the NHS...what utter bastards!
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    It’s (currently) only a 3 month scheme - there’s little point in doing it unless you do it early. And to suggest we are somehow taking money ‘from’ the NHS is a slightly odd claim.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    You seem to be failing to understand that football clubs are trying to be many things. They are nothing without the finances from supporters, advertisers and tv companies and need to provide ‘something’ for each; for supporters they need to provide entertainment and ideally to be competitive in their league, there is also give-and-take with supporter groups and their local wider community (I think this is as good as a requirement nowadays); they also need to be competitive in transfer markets, and therefore MUST also be a business: people would (and do) bleat when they think money’s been wasted (in their opinion). It’s all a balancing act, one we do better than many. Clubs also pay tax, NI and Pension for employees.. We all know the NCFC model is self-financing, and we didn’t/couldn’t pee a tonne of money on transfers in the summer (or January) window; that suggests if nothing else does that we are trying to run a tight ship - it follows that the Retention scheme, that we are entitled to use, should be used. I’m not actually that big a fan of Webber but if you actually read what he said (or, better still watch/listen -it gives more context), you ought to get a better understanding of some things, but clearly you didn’t.
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    Half time - what’s the score ?

    Sorry, I forgot, are we playing Arsenal today?
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    It’s nothing they aren’t entitled to do, along with other much more wealthy businesses. I do wish people could get out of this ‘it’s not moral’ mindset; there’s a lot more (and worse) immoral to be vexed by (use of sweat shops, tax avoidance, tax havens etc) than a company using a government scheme for the precise purpose it was set up.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    It’s interesting/odd that no one in the media seems to know our players were ringing round supporters. I’ve seen a few stories quoting several clubs but never us. I’m inclined to think people (including footballers) do and have done a lot of ‘good’ on the quiet over the years. That used to be the way it was done, but it does now seem that unless you make a massive thing about it it’s as though it ‘didn’t happen’.
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    PL statement

    A fair start position, tbh. It won’t be enough for some (and never will be), but tbh would any of us happily give up a third of our salaries, however much or little that may be?
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    Furlough & relegation

    The endgame in all this may well be that clubs back out of using thus scheme due to the PR - it doesn’t mean they weren’t right to pursue it though, as they were 100% entitied to. The players are a wholly different thing. One thing that people do need to remember/realise is that these are guys making a living...but there are times when if you are paid megabucks that you need to show willing and this is one of those. Others have mentioned the vast tax take that players give, but that’s a separate thing (though govt should be careful complaining too much about them on that front).
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    Furlough & relegation

    My morals are fine thank you. You are wholly missing the point, mixing personal and business - maybe deliberately or maybe through ignorance. The club taking advantage of a scheme SET UP BY GOVT FOR ALL TO USE doesn’t come close to being on a par with clubs coming close to committing fraud to skirt FFP rules, for example. It really is pretty simple - imo people are mixing different issues and coming up with the wrong answer.
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    Furlough & relegation

    Utter, utter rubbish. April fools day has been and gone, so run along
  12. Branston Pickle

    Furlough & relegation

    You should have posted this on April 1, not today.
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    Players - Take A Pay Cut

    The thing is that the message has become confused. No one is suggesting players should be furloughed and they won’t be, but backroom staff absolutely qualify and the retention scheme should be used for them. Players are different, that has to come from themselves; they are well paid and whilst I’m sure they have outgoings commensurate with that level of pay, they can and should stump up.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    It’s not even remotely the same thing. They went into administration because they couldn’t pay bills to local businesses and charities, we are taking advantage of a govt scheme that we are entitled to utilise. But I don’t really see why you care what they think of us; it’s irrelevant. Btw, they are doing the same thing and furloughing their staff too, you know. As I’ve said all along, any business with any sense would do the same.
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    NCFC to furlough staff

    Er, ok.