Marine players will be furloughed unless they can beat Spurs to set up 4th round tie

The CEO of Non-League club Marine has said his side will be furloughed should they not beat Spurs in the FA Cup 3rd round.

FA Cup furlough

In one of the sadder stories of the FA Cup third round, the news has broken that Non-League side Marine, who face Tottenham Hotspur, will see the squad furloughed should they not beat their Premier League opponents and progress to the next round of the cup competition.

The Athletic spoke to Marine CEO James Leary

“On Monday, they’ll be furloughed, assuming we don’t win,” he said. “Hopefully there’ll be one last leg, maybe, but as it stands now, the players are going to get furloughed from Monday onwards.”

“We’ve had major difficulties with players for the Tottenham game. The problem we had was the teams that we had loaned (players) from, were saying ‘hang on a second, that means that when your game’s finished against Tottenham, you’re going to have three weeks where our players won’t be able to play for us as a result’.”

Marine players will be furloughed unless they can beat Spurs to set up 4th round tie

Zenit fan wearing mask against coronavirus (COVID-19) during the Russian Premier League match between FC Zenit Saint Petersburg and FC Ural Ekaterinburg on March 14, 2020 at Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia. (Photo by Mike Kireev/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

With Marine playing in Non-League this is not classed as an elite form of sport and therefore the club have been unable to play matches during the lockdown. This has had a significant financial impact and the club who missed out on on a huge amount of money they would have earned after been drawn against Tottenham Hotspur in the FA Cup.

“Being behind closed doors in the FA Cup run we’ve missed out on £100,000,” Leary confirmed. However it was not all bad news. “We budget to make about £3,000 in the FA Cup each year. So when you take what we’ve done, it’s just unbelievable. Our wage budget was probably between the £100,000-130,000 mark to start the season — we’ve probably just shy of doubled that.”

Mourinho forgets League Cup

Mourinho has led his sides to a possible first trophy in Spurs’ last 13 seasons. Having beaten Brentford in the League Cup semi-final, they will now take on Manchester City in April in what is billed to be a famous clash of Mourinho against his former adversary Pep Guardiola.

However, the Portuguese coach is parking the idea of winning a trophy for now to focus on current affairs and the thought of the FA Cup match with Marine coming up.

“This is a game that takes us to a final. I hope not, but probably an empty Wembley final, but a final still. Of course we are very, very happy with this,” said Mourinho.

“We are going to try (to win). We don’t hide that the next match is always the one we want to win but now we have this final in our pocket for three months.

Marine players will be furloughed unless they can beat Spurs to set up 4th round tie

LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 23: Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho looks on ahead of the Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at London Stadium on November 23, 2019 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)

“We have to forget it, we have to focus on the FA Cup, the Premier League, the Europa League but we have a final in our pocket and on April 25 we have to be ready to fight for the trophy.”

After taking on Marine in the FA Cup third round they face a favourable tie in the Europa League against Austrian club Wolfsberger with the opportunity of three trophies on the table this season in addition to a Premier League title push which has taken a slight hit in recent weeks.

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