Newcastle United have been forced to furlough a number of staff as the impact of the domestic league shutdown is seen in the Premier League.

The St. James’ Park club – owned by much-maligned former Rangers shareholder Mike Ashley – will take advantage of the government scheme to cover 80% of employee’s wages up to the value of £2.5k.

It’s a sign of the financial complications which have rocked football across Europe since the outbreak began to shut leagues down.

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Miek Ashley has taken the decision to furlough staff at Newcastle. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time Newcastle have been in the press this week either.

Mike Ashley was forced to apologise after keeping Sports Direct stores open during the lockdown before hiking up prices on sporting goods.

 

The Newcastle United owner also risked the ire of the club’s supporter’s trust by taking full price season ticket fees from some unprepared fans’ bank accounts.

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The Magpies have also been linked with a move for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, with Steve Bruce’s side also said to be tracking Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard [Daily Star].

Rangers are no different from any other club and will be facing up to a tough few months. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

It is Rangers’ relationship with Mike Ashley which makes any deal seem incredibly unlikely, with the High Street billionaire still embroiled in an off pitch legal fight over retail.

Rangers are bound to have their own financial issues due to the crisis but have moved quickly to reassure fans that necessary investment for the season is already well on the way to being secured.

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