Tottenham are unlikely to copy Liverpool’s u-turn and reverse their controversial decision to furlough non-playing staff.

It comes despite a plea from an influential supporter group to follow the Reds’ example.

The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters' Trust (THST) has urged the Spurs hierarchy to "listen to your fans”, a week after the club imposed 20 percent pay-cuts on all 550 non-playing staff, with around 40 percent set to be furloughed.

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy appeared to glimmer of hope last week with a line, in his statement confirming the cuts, that the club would "continue to review this position”.

But staff have already received documents to sign stating they agreed with the pay-cuts and temporary changes to their contracts.

Daniel Levy is unlikely to change his mind over Tottenham's furlough decision
Daniel Levy is unlikely to change his mind over Tottenham's furlough decision

A tweet from the THST pleaded on Tuesday: "We have been saying consistently @SpursOfficial - pause and rethink. We are now saying it clearly and in public - do not further damage the Club’s reputation, listen to your fans.”

Spurs posted profits of £70million last year and have already had a backlash similar to the one Liverpool faced for saying they would use the taxpayer-funded furlough scheme.

Reds' chief executive Peter Moore, however, revealed on Monday that the champions-in-waiting would scrap the move and that they had "opted to find alternative means" to pay staff.

In a letter to fans, Moore wrote: "We believe we came to the wrong conclusion last week and are truly sorry for that.”

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The Premier League's chief executive Richard Masters issued a letter to chairman of the parliamentary sports commitee Julian Knight MP defending clubs who applied for the furlough scheme.

Masters' letter read: "The furlough scheme announced by the government is meant for the whole economy, including many enterprises which might be regarded as providing entertainment or otherwise dependant on elite talent.

"Ultimately the very heavy losses that we face have to be dealt with or else clubs and other enterprises who depend on football for income will go out of business.

"We do not say this lightly, or to justify club's decisions; it is a very real threat."