Paul Robinson has urged West Ham chiefs to listen to their captain Mark Noble as senior players will have formed a “nucleus of opinion” from their fellow teammates.
The former England number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admitted he would “certainly not be happy” to return, if he was still a player, in the current circumstances.
The Hammers resumed training today following the Premier League’s unanimous agreement on Monday to return to training.
The club statement shortly after the decision revealed that Vice-Chairman Karren Brady had been in “regular contact” with David Moyes, captain Mark Noble and the players through conference calls.
Noble told Redknapp’s Home Fixture earlier this month that the Premier League should only return when it is safe, even if that meant a return in October.
When asked by Football Insider if players should have more influence over proceedings, Robinson said: “The players have to have a say.
“Unless the players’ safety can be 150% guaranteed there are going to be players that will not be happy to play. I would certainly not be happy to play given the risks.
“In dressing rooms, experienced, senior players will speak to others and form a nucleus of opinion. Senior players will feed that back to the manager and if players that do not want to play then the manager will have to be understanding of their personal scenarios.
“Until player safety is guaranteed a lot of players will be uncomfortable to return.”
Watford captain Troy Deeney today revealed he is refusing to return to training in the current circumstances due to fears over his son’s health.
The government last week announced that professional sport could return from 1 June with the Premier League expected to recommence soon after that date.
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