Terminate 'The Cab Four' or guarantee the jobs of all staff and community project funding
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In the early hours of Friday morning, Johnny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, had broken a club imposed curfew of midnight and are now being investigated for allegedly taking a vehicle without permission at 5:30am in Barcelona.
Whilst this sort of behaviour is highly unprofessional, to request the termination of someone's job should never be taken lightly. With West Bromwich Albion rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table and seven points behind the team in 17th place and safety, it is now looking increasingly likely that the club will be relegated.
Historically at clubs the first people to suffer as the result of relegation are not the players who have failed in their objectives but the auxiliary staff such as stewards, club shop workers, admin staff, hospitality staff and other such assorted roles. Another victim of relegation is usually the club community funded projects and those involved in delivering them.
The events of Friday morning can provide West Bromwich Albion football club with a unique opportunity to 'do the right thing.' If the contracts of the 'Cab Four' were terminated today the money saved on their wages between now and June would be somewhere in the region of £4,000,000. This would easily be enough to guarantee all the jobs and community funding for next season.
The 'Cab Four' are all high earners who will have no real problem finding new, just as highly paid work. For the auxiliary staff, this may not be the case.
So I am asking you to support this petition to terminate the 'Cab Four' or guarantee the jobs and community funding that are in place this season for next season. If the club can afford to continue to pay these individuals who have acted with no respect for their employers or the supporters, then it should certainly commit to supporting the hard working staff who have represented the club with distinction in all other areas.
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