OLDHAM Athletic have announced they are placing a “large majority” of staff on furlough leave.

The move sees Latics follow a number of EFL and Premier League clubs in using the Government’s job retention scheme in which the state cover 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 per month.

Boundary Park is currently closed with the club saying the decision to use furlough is an important one for their future.  

“First and foremost we hope all Latics supporters are safe and well in these troubling and uncertain times and would like to thank you for your support during this very challenging period,” a Latics statement read.

“As football is in lockdown for the foreseeable future and no further changes due in the short-term, the club has taken the decision to use the government’s support system and in turn furlough a large majority of Oldham Athletic staff as a result of income streams being severely impacted.

“With Boundary Park also being closed to prevent the spread of the virus which is the priority at the moment, it has meant the workforce have been unable to carry out their usual duties and this decision will safeguard the future of the football club whilst also retaining our hardworking and committed workforce.

“The decision in essence puts the club into ‘hibernation’ like many others have done and once football resumes the club will be able to function again, whilst also offering all staff the support and guidance that is available at this moment in time.

“This also means there will be no further updates from the club via the website and social media until staff return.

“In the meantime, continue to be safe, follow the guidelines to help the NHS and stay at home where possible.”

The club have also announced that they have extended the early bird deadline for season tickets until June 1.