Sunderland AFC news RECAP: Transfer, takeover and contract latest as clubs wait on EFL

Football remains in limbo as clubs wait to hear the next steps from the EFL as to how the 2019-20 is to be concluded when safe to do so.

Tuesday, 21st April 2020, 5:33 pm

All football has been suspended as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and there is no date yet for when it may return.

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Sunderland AFC news LIVE: Transfer, contract and takeover latest as clubs wait on EFL

Last updated: Tuesday, 21 April, 2020, 17:30

  • All football has been suspended due to the coronavirus. 
  • The EFL clubs are due to hold another conference call on Wednesday.
  • Four members of backroom/academy staff at SAFC have been taken off furlough leave. 

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Sunderland AFC has explained why a small number of staff have been taken off furlough leave.

The Black Cats have been one of a number of clubs - particularly in Leagues One and Two - to take advantage of the scheme, which sees staff placed on furlough leave with the Government contributing 80 per cent of wages and SAFC topping up the rest.

Earlier this month Sunderland announced all players and backroom staff, as well as academy-contracted players, had been placed on furlough. Manager Phil Parkinson was not placed on furlough leave and continued to work from home.

The Echo understands that three academy staff members have now been taken off furlough and returned to work, including Paul Reid (Academy Manager), Don Peattie (Head of Education and Welfare), Lewis Dickman (Head of Coaching).

A club spokesman confirmed: “Sunderland AFC’s first-team staff remain on furlough leave, with the exception of manager Phil Parkinson who continues to work from home.

“A small number of academy staff have returned to work after the lockdown was extended to ensure player well-being, safeguarding and a duty of care is maintained.”

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