DANNY MURPHY: It’s high time managers had a word with players over taking the Covid jab

DANNY MURPHY: It’s high time managers had a word with players over getting the jab… the majority of stars are not being vaccinated because they haven’t been given the right information

  • Managers need to talk to players about taking the Coronavirus vaccine 
  • It’s bizarre Thomas Tuchel doesn’t know which of his players have been jabbed 
  • There must be good leadership and communication, as Jurgen Klopp showed 

I love that Tammy Abraham has come out and said he has been vaccinated. Now let’s hear from those who haven’t. Why aren’t you? What are your concerns? Have the courage of your convictions.

Players should not be forced into having the jab. There will always be reasonable exemptions: some medical, some religious.

But the majority of players, in my view, are not being vaccinated because they have not been given the right information or are naive and believe conspiracy theories.

I find it bizarre managers like Thomas Tuchel don’t know which of his players have been jabbed

It's great Tammy Abraham has revealed he has been vaccinated, now we need to hear from those who haven't

It’s great Tammy Abraham has revealed he has been vaccinated, now we need to hear from those who haven’t

This is where there has to be good leadership and communication. I thought Jurgen Klopp showed that. His view, and Gareth Southgate’s, is that vaccinations are a productive thing to do to get through a pandemic. 

I agree. I try to put myself back into the world of being a footballer. You all need to be on the same page.

The top doctors tell you that being jabbed makes you less likely to suffer serious symptoms, less likely to be hospitalised, less likely to spread the virus — so less chance of me or a team-mate missing crucial games.

There has to be good leadership and communication, as demonstrated by Jurgen Klopp

There has to be good leadership and communication, as demonstrated by Jurgen Klopp

I had Covid recently and having felt the power of it I would not have wanted to face its full force without the vaccine. 

I spoke recently on the radio and said that I would want my players to have the jab not only to protect the group of players but their families, the public and the NHS. I was inundated with abuse.

I find it bizarre that managers such as Thomas Tuchel don’t know which of his players have been jabbed. 

I couldn’t envisage Gerard Houllier or Roy Hodgson not doing all they can to give us the right info. Without it, players, their families and the club are at risk.

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