St Johnstone put playing & non-playing staff on furlough

St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright

St Johnstone have put the majority of their playing and non-playing staff on furlough leave.

The UK government's Job Retention Scheme will pay 80% of their salaries up to a monthly sum of £2,500.

But the Scottish Premiership club say all staff will receive full pay for the month of April.

A club statement said that "while not easy", the decision "is the best option to maintain the sustainability and viability of our club."

"We will continue to operate with a small number of core staff who will be working from home," St Johnstone said.

"A designated number of the football department will be retained to continue carrying out club and media duties."

Scotland's domestic football season was suspended at the start of the month as the Covid-19 virus struck the UK.

St Johnstone's head of operations, Kirsten Robertson thanked employees for "their understanding and co-operation".

The club are also launching a youth development fund in response to requests from supporters keen to help financially. All monies donated will go directly to the development and identification of young talent.

And St Johnstone will not put season tickets for next term on sale until the current campaign is decided.

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