West Ham United captain Mark Noble has reportedly been ‘inundated’ with calls from players worried about plans to restart the Premier League.
West Ham could resume their battle for Premier League survival in less six weeks.
A mystery Premier League club owner has told Sky Sports there is ‘no chance’ the season will be cancelled like has been the case in France and Holland.
Mystery owner and Brady say all 20 clubs want to return
And West Ham could be back playing by June 8th, less than six weeks from now, after Sky Sports revealed the date set out in the Project Restart proposals.
West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady yesterday confirmed all 20 clubs want to resume the season (The Sun).
But according to a new report from The Daily Mail the key protagonists, the players, are not so keen.
And West Ham skipper Noble has been at the forefront of fielding concerns from his fellow Premier League stars about the season resumption.
The Daily Mail claims West Ham captain Noble, Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson and Spurs star Harry Kane are the three leading figureheads in discussions with the PFA.
Noble a ‘leading figurehead’ fielding player concerns over restart
“English trio Henderson, Kane and Noble are said to be leading figureheads in the discussions, having been inundated with numerous calls from their Premier League counterparts,” The Daily Mail reports.
“The growing resistance among players serves as a huge obstacle for the Premier League to overcome should they wish to see action resume and the season completed.
“There had been hopes to follow the example set by Germany, where the Bundesliga was expected to return on May 9. However, that date has been pushed back as a result of a change of situation in the country. Players had returned to training with their clubs, and three Cologne players had positive test results for coronavirus shortly after coming back to train with their club.”
The report goes onto suggest that a number of players believe that Premier League chiefs are pursuing the resumption of play for purely financial reasons, and are seeking assurances that the relevant health and safety measures will be implemented.
Wildly conflicting noises coming out of West Ham
Claret & Hugh, which has a direct line to co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, claims West Ham are one of 11 clubs resisting the season resumption.
But West Ham vice-chairman Brady has completely contradicted those claims in her column with The Sun.
And Brady also laid out how West Ham have taken the first steps in getting players back training as part of Project Restart.
It is some shift from Brady.
The Hammers vice-chairman was savaged when she became the first Premier League club official to break ranks and declare the season should be ‘null and void’ at the start of the outbreak (The Sun).
Brady later backtracked after reportedly receiving a dressing down from her boss, West Ham co-owner Sullivan (The Daily Mail).
But it seems West Ham’s return to action will be far from clear cut.