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Hammers release statement

The club has this evening released a statement following the conclusion of today’s Premier League meeting.

The statement at WHUFC.com reads:

“West Ham United’s first team squad will step up to small group training on Tuesday 19 May after the Premier League today confirmed the agreed requirements. Players and staff will follow a protocol agreed by the Premier League, its 20 clubs, independent experts and the Government, in line with the current social distancing measures, with working practices only being extended if and when the Government give their permission to do so.

The Premier League statement issued is published here in full:

Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to return to small group training from tomorrow afternoon – the first step towards restarting the Premier League, when safe to do so.

Step One of the Return to Training Protocol enables squads to train while maintaining social distancing. Contact training is not yet permitted.

This first stage has been agreed in consultation with players, managers, Premier League club doctors, independent experts and the Government. Strict medical protocols of the highest standard will ensure everyone returns to training in the safest environment possible.

The health and wellbeing of all participants is the Premier League’s priority, and the safe return to training is a step-by-step process. Full consultation will now continue with players, managers, clubs, the PFA and LMA as protocols for full-contact training are developed.

Many measures are already in place at West Ham United, including a health screening and temperature check tent upon arrival at Rush Green, one of a number that has seen the Club go above and beyond the Government and Premier League recommendations.

In preparation of the protocol being agreed and ahead of small group training beginning, players and staff underwent their first of two weekly COVID-19 tests at Rush Green over the weekend.

Vice-Chairman Karren Brady has been in regular contact with manager David Moyes, coaches, captain Mark Noble and the players through conference calls to ensure the health of everyone at West Ham United is at the heart of everything we do and that every decision is transparent and agreed with them.

David Moyes said: “Like everyone, the players and coaching staff have understandably missed football but this is an unprecedented situation and we totally understand and respect the measures that are in place.

“A lot of work has been carried out by our excellent medical and coaching staff on routines and programmes in anticipation of a return to small group training, and we are ready to go. The health and safety of our players and staff will continue to be our priority at all times.”

Claret and Hugh say:

No surprise that the twenty club chairman nodding through stage one to return to training but if Troy Deeny is to believed they may face a much tougher task when it comes to voting on stages two and three.  Deeney told Good Morning Britain today of his concerns over the health of his family, including his son who has breathing difficulties, and warned that players could be blamed for taking tests away from frontline health workers. “I think the concern is very much that Phases Two [when players start contact training] and stage three has not been clearly laid out,” said Deeney. “There has been a lot of what I would class as simple questions that have not been answered. When people can’t answer the questions, you start to panic and worry.

Premier Lague clubs will need to vote again to resume full-contact training in stage 2 which under Government guidelines can not begin until 1st June and then vote for stage 3 for competitive football to resume. The original proposed date of 12th June now seems unworkable with 19th June moe realistic with some players and managers calling for an end of June restart

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About Sean Whetstone

I am Season Ticket Holder in West stand lower at the London Stadium and before that, I used to stand in the Sir Trevor Brooking Lower Row R seat 159 in the Boleyn Ground and in the Eighties I stood on the terraces of the old South Bank. I am a presenter on the West Ham Podcast called MooreThanJustaPodcast.co.uk. A Blogger on WestHamTillIdie.com a member of the West Ham Supporters Advisory Board (SAB), Founder of a Youtube channel called Mr West Ham Football at http://www.youtube.com/MrWestHamFootball, I am also the associate editor here at Claret and Hugh. Life Long singer of bubbles! Come on you Irons! Follow me at @Westhamfootball on twitter