Villa Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts strongly to brutal Tyrone Mings tweet

Kevin Phillips urges the Premier League to allow players to have “a huge say” on if or when football returns after Aston Villa defender Tyrone Mings revealed players are currently in the dark.

The former Sunderland and Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, admits whilst it is “a massive can of worms” players need to be consulted on, or at the very least informed of, ‘Project Restart’ developments.

Mings, 27, suggested that players are receiving their information from the media rather than the governing bodies in a brutal put-down on his personal Twitter account.

Sky Sports revealed that the Premier League held conference calls with club captains, managers and medical experts today.

A 40-page document has been issued to each player which details the training protocols.

When asked by Football Insider if players should have the final say on a return to action, Phillips said: “Gary Neville and Jamie Carragher have been very vocal in suggesting the players should have been involved since day one.

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“As the weeks progress the players should be consulted more. They should not have left it until yesterday and today to get the captains and managers involved. They should have been kept up to date throughout the process.

“On one side we might have a scenario where seven or eight of the players do not want to play. It is going to be very difficult.

“It is a massive can of worms. The players should not have the final say necessarily but they need to have a huge say if or when we return to football.”

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport advised on Wednesday that no athlete should be forced to return to training amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Football Insider understands the Premier League is aiming to return to action as soon as June 6, if safe.

In other Aston Villa news, Paul Robinson has told Football Insider the “worst” possible outcome from a June restart.