Led by Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, West Ham’s Mark Noble, Manchester United’s Harry Maguire and Watford’s Troy Deeney under the banner “PlayersTogether, the initiative looks to join the support that many around the world are providing to help support their communities.
Even prior to the comments from the British government admonishing the well-paid Premier League players to “make a contribution” (rather than, you know, the players’ employers or the numerous other categories of wealthy individuals and corporations in British society), reports had emerged that Henderson had taken the lead behind the scenes in rallying player to support efforts to combat the virus.
It is that quiet, unflashy leadership the Reds skipper in bringing the players together that has impressed, not least amongst them, Wolverhampton Wanderers captain, Connor Coady:
“It was not a hard thing at all,” the ex-Liverpool youth player speaking to the PA news agency regarding his response to Henderson’s outreach to contribute to the fund. “Jordan was brilliant in terms of setting up and taking the initiative and moving forward with it and then getting in contact with everybody.
“As soon as he did, everybody was on board straight away. So it’s a brilliant, brilliant thing that he’s set up and something that’ll affect a lot of people.”
While a struggle between the PFA and the Premier League about how to distribute the financial pain of an extended absence from football has garnered headlines, many footballers have been praised for finding ways to help local communities in much greater need of help. However there had reportedly been the desire for the sort of united player-coordinated effort that eventually took shape.
“Footballers are good people,” Coady continued. “There’s lots of good people within football and [the charity fund] is something where everybody wants to try and make a difference as much as possible
“Now, we’ve got to that point where we can do that at the minute, so we want to try and help the right people at the right times, to make sure that people are getting the best possible care. It’s a horrible, horrible time we’re in.
“It’s about everybody coming together, not trying to point fingers at certain people within the world and trying to say they’re not doing enough.
“I think it is important we come together. No matter what people do, that we come together because the time we’re in now is absolutely horrible.”