Gordon Taylor EXCLUSIVE: PFA helping Bury players after club’s expulsion from the EFL – ‘We’ve got to look after them’

28 Aug

Gordon Taylor has told talkSPORT the Professional Footballers’ Association are in constant contact with Bury players and are helping them through their financial difficulties.

The Shakers were expelled from the English Football League on Tuesday and now the 134-year-old club is facing liquidation after a late takeover bid collapsed just hours before the 5pm deadline.

Bury were promoted to League One last season but have been unable to begin their new campaign having had their first six fixtures called off by the EFL.

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The club’s financial woes have spiralled since the end of the last term, which has led to the departure of the majority of their first-team squad.

Now only four professional players remain at the club.

Among them is Irish midfielder Stephen Dawson, who told talkSPORT on Wednesday he has been forced to sell his house having not been paid for months and now facing the likelihood of having no employer.

PFA chief executive Taylor also joined the station on this dark day for English football, and he said the players’ union are ‘looking after’ the players caught in the middle of Bury’s financial woes.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Taylor said: “We’ve made loans to players, we’ve made 50 per cent loans of their wages to help keep them going with their mortgages and their bills.

“This is at the lower end of the football scale, remember. We did that for March, April, May and June. It’s something we are prepared to do because that’s one reason why we have reserves.

“We’ve been in contact with the players throughout the day, we’ve got to reassure them.

Stephen Dawson has been open with talkSPORT about his financial struggles throughout Bury’s crisis
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“There are just four professionals there are the moment, but there are also 11 first-year scholars and five second-year scholars who are our apprentices for the future, so we’ve got to look after them.

“We’ve got to see all these players can get clubs. There are no restrictions, there is no compensation [due from clubs interested in signing them].

“For the scholars, they’ve got to keep their education program going and they should be able to join another club even though they’ve reached the maximum number of scholars as a special provision because their welfare is particular important.”

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Gordon Taylor EXCLUSIVE: PFA chief executive provides update on Bolton and Bury amid doubts over both clubs’ futures

30 Jul

The Professional Footballers’ Association have been working with Bury and Bolton to ensure they survive as football clubs, the union’s chief executive Gordon Taylor has confirmed to talkSPORT.

It was announced by the English Football League on Monday that the Shakers’ opening game of the season, against MK Dons, has been suspended as the club could not provide the necessary assurances they would be able to start the 2019/20 campaign.

Steve Dale, Bury’s owner, agreed a Company Voluntary Agreement to reduce the club’s debts earlier this month, meaning they begin the League One season with a 12-point deduction, and a further deduction could occur due to their inability to fulfil a fixture.

The EFL on the same day had to make a decision over whether to allow Bolton’s first match of the season to go ahead following their relegation from the Championship, and it was confirmed Wanderers provided enough proof to assure the governing body they would be able to take on Wycombe on Saturday.

The Trotters remain in administration, though the Football Ventures consortium are close to completing their takeover with the Bolton News reporting they will loan money from the PFA to settle with the club’s creditors.

And Taylor, who told talkSPORT earlier this month the PFA have been loaning money to Bolton’s unpaid players, joined Jim White on Tuesday to provide an update on both Wanderers and Bury amid doubts over both clubs’ futures.

“It’s not been an easy time,” Taylor said of Bolton. “They’ve been in administration since May and they are struggling to get things over the line.

“We’ve got the season coming and there have been a lot of efforts made by the new consortium.

A consortium are allegedly close to completing their takeover of Bolton, who were placed in administration by Ken Anderson
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“We’ve got our players, many of whom have left the club and are owed wages for five months, and many who are at the club, and basically it’s about whether we think it’s a glass that’s half full or half empty.

“As we’ve got the season coming we’ve showed some faith and working with the League and the Premier League and the individuals concerned we are doing our best to get it over the line. There was a board meeting at the League yesterday that approved it so at the moment it is fingers crossed.”

On the Shakers, whose plight appears worse than Bolton’s at this moment in time, Taylor added: “We are trying to work with Bury but we need a lot more information.

“We’ve already loaned a considerable amount of money to the club and it’s not the debt that Bolton have got but it is still significant enough for [Bury] not to be accepted by the League.

“That is another club we are working with at the moment to try and get that sorted.”

Asked if Bury, who were founded 134 years ago, will survive, Taylor replied: “I hope so.

“Football has a tremendous capacity that when things look very bad to get out of it. I was just reminded when Manchester City won the FA Cup this year that we were looking at previous record scores in the final and it was Bury Football Club at the beginning of the 20th century.

“We are a long time on from that, but they do have a legacy and it’s one they’ve created. They’ve got a good history, and I hope that legacy and feeling for the game in the north west can help it survive.”

Taylor joined Jim White on talkSPORT the same day as Roland Duchatelet, the much-maligned Charlton owner, who opined the EFL is not fit for purpose given the struggles numerous clubs have gone through over recent years.

The PFA chief executive could not agree with this claim, however – though he did suggest more intense checks must be made before prospective buyers are allowed to take control of EFL clubs.

“That is a difficult thing to say [that the EFL is not fit for purpose],” finished Taylor.

The PFA have been working with both Bury and Bolton to assist players who have gone unpaid for months
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“The EFL has thrived with the breakaway of the Premier League. In the early 1990s there was a feeling the Football League would contract, and we should be very proud in this country that we’ve got more full time clubs than anywhere else in the world.

“We’ve got Financial Fair Play now and there has never before been more money coming into the game from the media and consequently sponsors, but with some of the ownership the due diligence needs to be done a lot more closely with greater scrutiny, to show they’ve got the wherewithal and plans for the club – plans which are football plans.”

Gordon Taylor EXCLUSIVE: Bolton Wanderers are in a ‘real financial mess’ and could CEASE TO EXIST as a club, says PFA chief executive

18 Jul

Gordon Taylor has told talkSPORT the PFA is providing loans to help out Bolton’s unpaid players, and has slammed for English Football League for failing one of their historic founding clubs.

The Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive joined Jim White on Thursday to share the latest on the ongoing financial crisis at the Greater Manchester club.

The Trotters, who were relegated to League One and placed in administration at the end of last season, have been left with just SIX players in their first-team squad.

Bolton endured a season to forget as they were relegated to League One – and they’ll start the new campaign on -12 points
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Many of their team were released at the end of their contracts, but they – along with the players still on their books and members of club staff – have not been paid their wages for almost FIVE MONTHS.

Bolton’s player spokesperson revealed the extent of their misery on Thursday – saying they have been left ‘desperate and stressed’ about their financial woes and have not even had hot water for showers at their training ground.

Taylor says the players’ union has supported and will continue to support those who have been left out of pocket, but he conceded the cash-strapped club has been left in a ‘real financial mess’.

And the PFA chief told talkSPORT they may take the issue to FIFA, and that there is a very real possibility Bolton Wanderers may fold for good.

Speaking to Jim White, Taylor said: “We’ve made loans to the players and we’ll make more loans to the players.

“We’re dealing with the administrators but they’ve been involved since May now and we’re still not confident it will be resolved.

“I’ve explained to them the main thing at any football clubs is the players, and they’ve got a football creditors rule to make sure they’re paid their money.

“We’ve said to the EFL, ‘you’ve got to be strong enough to enforce your own regulations otherwise you’re leaving us no alternative but to go to FIFA’, the world governing body, where they will give those clubs sanctions and will determine whether they exist or not.

“That’s how serious the situation is now. The game is not looking after its players, there are contracts that are not being honoured and there are sanctions that should be put in place.

“The administrations have said we’ll defer the wages and it may be two years, but the average career is eight years so that’s a quarter of their careers – we can’t have that!

“We’re seriously considering now going to FIFA to get this matter resolved in the hope that would be the necessary pressure on them.

“The season is coming upon us, the club has got to have proper friendly games and it’s totally unsatisfactory. It’s extremely frustrating for us.”

On the PFA’s support of the unpaid Bolton players, Taylor added: “We will loan the players money; we don’t want to see any players in hardship, that’s what our funds are for.

“But it shouldn’t need to go to that, otherwise we’re just going to have more and more clubs with the same situation and the EFL is not grasping the nettle.

“We’ve already loaned a considerable amount of money and will loan them more money, but we need to know the administrators have got the resources.

Former Bolton chairman Ken Anderson has been hammered for his handling of the club’s finances

“It’s happening at Bolton and there are similar situations at Bury, Macclesfield and Notts County.

“The game has never had more money going into it and yet I can’t recall when we’ve had four clubs where players have been owned money for such a length of time.”

Bolton avoided a winding-up order when former chairman Ken Anderson put the club into administration back in May, but, according to Taylor, it may not be enough to save the club’s future.

The Trotters were one of the 12 founding clubs of the original Football League in 1888, but Taylor believes they could soon cease to exist because of their financial plight.

“I’m afraid so, because it has got into a real financial mess,” he told Jim White.

“Administrators have been in place since May and we’re now in July – that’s indicative of the problem.

Gordon Taylor says the PFA will continue to help financially support the out-of-pocket Bolton players
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“There has not been enough good assessment from the EFL with one of its original founding clubs, it’s as simple as that.

“They were very positive when it was announced the takeover was going through, but that’s hasn’t got over the line yet.

“I’m not so certain the potential buyers are real football people and understand how the game works, so from that point of view I am not filled with a high amount of confidence at the moment I’m afraid.”

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Departing PFA chairman Ben Purkiss tells talkSPORT: ‘I NEVER had my eyes on Gordon Taylor’s job’

28 Mar

Ben Purkiss has insisted his call for an independent review of the Professional Footballers’ Association was never about his desire to usurp Gordon Taylor as chief executive.

Purkiss, the current PFA chairman, joined talkSPORT on Thursday to discuss the news that Taylor will step down after 38 years in charge when independent review of the union’s work and governance has been completed.

Taylor has faced criticism in recent years over his running of the organisation and his reported £2.3million wages.

Gordon Taylor pictured outside the PFA’s Manchester offices in 1991

Since being appointed chairman in November 2017, Purkiss has clashed with Taylor over the PFA’s direction and the 74-year-old’s future in the role and, at Wednesday’s annual general meeting, it was confirmed a review would take place.

But it was also revealed that, along with Taylor, chairman Purkiss and the rest of the union’s 13-strong management committee will also stand down when it is completed.

Serious questions have since been raised about why the man behind this much-needed reform has been forced out of his job.

And the right-back, who most recently played for Port Vale and Swindon Town, joined talkSPORT host Jim White on Thursday to have his say.

“People questioned my motivation for taking the stance that I did,” said the 34-year-old.

“I was asked the question whether I had my eye on £2.3million, and I certainly did not.

“I’m more than happy to agree to that [stepping down as well as Taylor] if it allays those fears and makes everyone have more confidence in me, in what I’m doing and how the review is going to progress.

“I want to see the review through and make sure there is someone there who can lead the evolution at the PFA.

“I don’t want to be seen to be trying to implement things for my own gain. It’s never been about me looking at how I can cement my role and position within the organisation, it’s been about trying to represent the members and do my best for players throughout the leagues.

“If it is a price to pay, then that’s fine, but I genuinely believe I’m trying to do my best in the role.”

Ben Purkiss, pictured playing for Port Vale in 2016

It has been confirmed that none of the members on the outgoing committee will be able to apply for senior roles at the PFA for five years.

However, Purkiss refused to rule out running for chief executive one day and even offered his support to whoever is selected to succeed Taylor in the role.

“Obviously I would love to stay within the game in some capacity and I’d like to think I can influence and help players in particular,” he added.

“The chief exec job? You would never categorically rule that out, but at the moment the forefront of my mind is making sure I do this job properly and that we really get substantive change at the end of the review.

“I have invested a lot in the PFA.  I massively believe in players and the support they need and hopefully I will leave a legacy and give the PFA a real platform to build on.

“If an incoming chief exec wishes to draw on my experience or wants my assistance, I would obviously more than happy to assist in any way I possibly could.

“But if that’s not as chairman, that’s absolutely fine.”

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Gordon Taylor PFA exit: Simon Jordan does not see the need for a players’ union in modern football

28 Mar

Simon Jordan does not see the need for the Professional Footballers’ Association in modern football.

It was confirmed on Wednesday that chief executive of the PFA, Gordon Taylor, will be leaving the role after 38 years.

The 74-year-old announced last November there would be an independent review into the organisation following criticism over Taylor’s running of the union, where its funding goes and his reported £2.2million salary.

The entire management committee and current chairman, Ben Purkiss, will also step down at the completion of the review.

Gordon Taylor is set to leave the PFA

Former chairman, Clarke Carlisle, told talkSPORT the current PFA is ‘not fit for purpose’ and it must reflect the needs of modern footballers, while ex-Crystal Palace owner Jordan was similarly critical of the union and does not see the need for it.

“I’ve been a big critic of the PFA over the years,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “I’ve been someone who’s had lots of issues with Gordan’s attitude and outlook and also dealing with him commercially.

“We had an issue with Gordon this time last year over his defence of Riyad Mahraz and we had an interesting debate with him about his view on certain things.

“There is this sea change within the PFA where there is this need to revolutionise, modernise and evolve.

Former Crystal Palace owner Simon Jordan

“I’ve always had an issue with the PFA because I did not understand why they were there in the first place.

“I understood that there is a union in place, it is the world’s smallest union. I’ve never understood why it got funded the way it does.

“The league giving them £27million a year because once upon a time Gordon was able to leverage money out of the TV companies via the Premier League with the threat of strike.

“I look at the PFA and say: ‘What exactly does it do?’

Taylor is the highest-paid trade union chief in the world

“I talk to a lot of footballers and ex-players that have a very dim view and I look at Gordon Taylor’s role and I look at the fact he has used it as a personal fiefdom. He does get paid a salary of £1.5million plus bonuses and he does draw extraordinary expenses.

“Then the flip side of it, if you are going to have somebody on your side you want to have Gordon Taylor because if anyone is going to negotiate a deal it is Gordon Taylor, if anyone has robustness it’s Gordon Taylor.

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“I have watched this unfold with a degree of mixed emotions because I don’t like a lot of the things Gordon does, I don’t like a lot of things the PFA does.

“The Premier League is the only reason the PFA get any money, because the Premier League was able to negotiate a deal.

“The people who don’t really need the PFA are Premier League players. It is really the League One and League Two players who get a benefit.

“I still think at League One and League Two level it is way beyond the salary that people get in the everyday world that we live in or most people live in.

“I do feel there is a lot of changes that are needed for the PFA and I do still maintain that I don’t know why they are here in an industry that I don’t think really require them.”

Gordon Taylor PFA exit backed by former chairman Clarke Carlisle

27 Mar

The Professional Footballers’ Association is ‘not fit for purpose’ under Gordon Taylor and MUST be reformed to reflect the needs of modern footballers, according to Clarke Carlisle.

The former PFA chairman, who has battled with depression and mental health issues since his retirement as a player, told talkSPORT the union’s resources are not directed to modern issues, and it is still being run by ‘people of the previous era’ in the sport.

It has been confirmed that Taylor will step down from his role as PFA chief executive, a position he has held for 38 years, after an independent review into the union has been completed.

Gordon Taylor pictured outside the PFA’s Manchester offices in 1991

The 74-year-old announced in November 2018 there would be a review into the organisation following criticism, including from current chairman Ben Purkiss, over his running of the union, where its funding goes and his reported £2.2million salary.

A PFA statement on Wednesday explained “a formal independent recruitment process will start for a new CEO of the PFA” after that review is concluded.

Carlisle joined talkSPORT ahead of the announcement on Wednesday, and he said the time is right to finally make a change and reform the PFA for the modern age of football.

“The guys who run the PFA are still of the previous era,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White.

“Gordon Taylor has done a wonderful job that he’s been recompensed for fantastically.

“But the union itself in the modern era needs to reflect transparency, the organisational structure has to be fit for purpose and all of its resources need to go into the needs of its members and not the needs of the community.

“You talk about what the PFA does in the modern era, I believe that it’s way off the mark. It’s nowhere near being fit for purpose.

“Where it puts the majority of its funds does not commensurate with where the need is for the funds.

“Yes they did put research into head injuries, but what they put in was less than eight per cent of the chief exec’s salary. That can’t be right!

“The Mental health support systems they’ve put in, is it commensurate with the need? I can tell you from working at the forefront of it that it’s nowhere near fit for purpose.

Former Burnley and QPR defender Clarke Carlisle was PFA chairman from 2010 – 2013

“The BAME issue, talking about equality, anti-discrimination and inclusion, yes they were there at the inception of Kick It Out, but let’s talk about were the issue is NOW and what the union does NOW, and it’s nowhere near where it should be for an organisation of such resources.

“Representation internally has been fantastic – with Garth Crooks, Bobby Barnes, Chris Powell, Brendon Batson – but is that exactly what football news and what the players need? No!

“We’re talking about issues going on within academies where players feel like they’re being bullied and are not being supported, so is the focus and are the targets there? No they are not, and they need to be.”

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‘Gordon Taylor has been magnificent’ – Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and David Seaman back PFA chief as he ends 38-year reign

27 Mar

Harry Redknapp, Sam Allardyce and David Seaman have rallied together in support of Gordon Taylor, as he prepares to step down as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.

Taylor has confirmed he will resign from his post after 38 years in charge once an independent review of the PFA has been completed.

He has been a highly-controversially figure in English football and has faced criticism in recent years for the incredible wages he has earned during his time in the job.

Gordon Taylor has come under heavy fire for his running of the PFA

Taylor is the highest-paid trade union boss in the world. He has reportedly earned more than £20million over the past 12 years, and was said to have been paid an annual salary of a staggering £2.2million in 2017.

He has also been accused by many for failing in his duty to protect and aid players after their retirement from the game, with particular focus on the lack of funding for research into head injuries.

But Redknapp insists the chief has ‘always come up trumps’ for him whenever he has approached Taylor with a problem.

“I’ve never had to use them an awful lot, but whenever I have called Gordon he has always been the same, he’s always come up trumps for me,” the former Tottenham manager told talkSPORT.

“In fact, a boy who used to play for me is struggling, he’s got a big health problem and he’s been on a waiting list for two years to get an operation, and I rang Gordon personally and asked if he could help.

“He came back, he got straight on to the lad and he’s arranged for him to get the treatment he needs.

“One of my old coaches also needed help a few years ago, and he’s always got on the case and done it for me, so I can’t say anything bad about him whatsoever.

“You can only take people in life as you find them. Everyone has different opinions about people, but my opinion of Gordon when I dealt with him is he’s been top class.”

PFA chairman Gordon Taylor, pictured in 2012, is reported to have received a £2.2million salary in 2016-17

“I’m the same as you, Harry,” replied ex-England goalkeeper Seaman.

“Whenever I’ve had dealings with the PFA or Gordon, he’s just been brilliant. Like you, I have not had to use them a lot, but I’m sure they’re there are a lot of players when they need them.”

Allardyce also backed the PFA chief, saying Taylornever shirked his responsibility’ and always tried to help as many people as he could with the resources available to him.

Also speaking on Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast, the former England manager said: “Gordon has been magnificent. He stands the criticism he gets extremely well in a high-ranking position and he focuses on only what his job is, to help players past and present.

Ben Purkiss is currently chairman of the PFA, but Taylor tried to oust the 34-year-old by claiming he was no longer eligible for the role having become a non-contract player

“Everybody recently had talked about him in a bad light, but when you look over the many, many years and what he’s set up and achieved as the chief exec of the players’ union, he’s done an absolutely brilliant job. He’s never shirked his responsibility.

“It all becomes about funds. Unfortunately you haven’t got enough funds to help everybody. There had to be a line drawn somewhere by the PFA and Gordon, but he would try to help anybody as much as he could.

“You’ve also got to remember that when the Premier League started he negotiated ten per cent of the money that came in from the TV, which was one hell of a negotiation. Obviously since then it’s not ten per cent anymore, but they still get a pretty good slice to continue to help players past and present and protect them when they need to.”

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Gordon Taylor: Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive to stand down after independent review

26 Mar

Gordon Taylor will stand down from his post as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association at the next AGM.

Taylor, who has been in charge of the trade union for 38 years, will remain in his post until an independent review process is complete.

The chairman and management committee will also resign at the same time.

Taylor’s reign as chief executive will end just shy of the four-decade mark

In November, it was reported a power struggle between Taylor and Ben Purkiss, the current chairman, had sparked a political crisis and the original AGM was rescheduled.

Former Walsall defender Purkiss attempted to modernise the union and pushed for an independent review.

However, Taylor reacted and tried to oust the 34-year-old on a technicality. But, according to the Daily Mail, there is likely to be a changing of the guard.

The 74-year-old, who has reportedly earned more than £20million over the past 12 years, is likely to conclude the meeting in Manchester by revealing his intentions to step down.

Taylor had previously claimed Purkiss was no longer eligible to be chairman having become a non-contract player

On Tuesday, the leading political consultancy and PR agency hired by the PFA to navigate them through the biggest crisis in the organisation’s history would only confirm that a statement is planned for after the meeting.

Taylor himself promised a full and open review into the structure and operation” of the organisation four months ago. And it seems, after multiple attempts, Taylor will finally be dethroned.

Purkiss stood up to one of the most powerful figures in the sport back in November when he told the Mail that, despite the millions in the PFA accounts, the union had spent a measly £125,000 on funding head injury research via a contribution to Football’s Influence on Lifelong Health and Dementia Risk.

After speaking to Sportsmail he said: “I have a duty to act in the best interests of the PFA. Sometimes you have to make a stand for what is right.

“Football is rapidly evolving, players are rapidly evolving and the PFA needs to evolve too.

Players past, present and future need a PFA for the modern player.”

‘The PFA should be reviewed,’ believes Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard

24 Nov

Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard believes the PFA to be subject to frequent reviews, with Gordon Taylor’s position as chief executive under threat.

Taylor, who has been the leading figure in the players’ union for 37 years, has recently come in for criticism, including by chairman Ben Purkiss.

Steven Gerrard is now manager of Scottish Premiership side Rangers.

The 73-year-old’s salary of over £2million has been the subject of much controversy, as has the PFA’s record of supporting members in difficult circumstances, from illness to bankruptcy.

More than 300 current and former players have reportedly signed a letter calling for Taylor to resign, while Rangers boss Gerrard has revealed he has received messages asking him to take a side in the ongoing dispute.

“I’ve been asked to take sides by many individual players who are texting me and saying ‘Can I put your name forward for this, this and this’,” the former Liverpool and England captain told The Telegraph.

“My opinion is that when you have an organisation as big as the PFA and a union as big as it is, and so many lives are affected, there should be a review of the union every so often.

Gordon Taylor has come under heavy fire for his running of the PFA

“Whether that be two years, four years, five years, I don’t know, but by doing that you make sure that the organisation is running smoothly and healthily.

“At the moment, it’s obviously very split, so I welcome a review of the process and if there’s anything in there that shouldn’t be there – working in the union – you need to step aside as soon as possible and get people who can move the union forward healthily and in the right place.”

On Wednesday, Taylor announced a “full and open review” into the organisation – a move welcomed by Gerrard.

“The union – if it’s not functioning properly – then an independent person or people should come in and review it and if anyone is overpaid or under-performing then get them out. I’d welcome that,” said the Rangers manager.

“The PFA does a lot of good things – I’ve only had good experiences with the PFA but I also understand that people have been let down seriously in other areas and if that’s the case then there needs to be an enquiry and a process where it doesn’t happen again.”

Steven Gerrard spent 17 seasons in the first-team at Liverpool.

While Gerrard has never sought help from the PFA, many high-profile names have and one advocate of the good work the organisation does is Paul Merson.

Writing in his column for the Daily Star on Saturday, the former Arsenal midfielder claims Taylor helped save his life and added that he does not deserve a witch hunt.

“People need to think twice before calling on him to go. Six years ago I was diagnosed with skin cancer after doctors found a melanoma on my back and Gordon was really good to me,” wrote Merson.

“The PFA paid for my scans and appointments and treatment, and it was a lot of money. It was more than I could afford at the time. Serious money.

“I can’t speak highly enough of how he treated me. If it wasn’t for Gordon and the PFA, who’s to say I’d still be alive today?”

Danny Murphy says he would stand to replace Gordon Taylor as PFA chief executive: ‘I know I’d do a better job’

19 Nov

Danny Murphy has said he would stand to replace under-fire Gordon Taylor as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, telling talkSPORT: ‘I know I’d do a better job.’

The former Premier League star says the PFA is ‘not fulfilling its responsibility’ to players and is ‘not doing enough’ to support them after they retire from the game.

Taylor has been in the role for 37 years

A group of around 300 influential current and former players are said to be calling for Taylor to stand down from his role.

The 73-year-old has been in charge of the PFA for 37-years, but he has been urged to end his long reign in order to ‘allow the PFA to modernise and evolve’.

Reports claim players feel under-represented by the organisation, while the PFA have also come under fire for Taylor’s reported annual salary of around £2.2million.


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FA Cup winner Vinnie Jones has also slammed PFA chief Gordon Taylor

And in a passionate statement, former Liverpool, Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Murphy has given his damning verdict on the PFA and the organisation’s many failures towards current and former players.

“This is not a crusade against Gordon Taylor,” he told talkSPORT host Jim White on Monday, “this is about an independent review into the organisation because it’s not doing enough to help players and especially ex-players.

“The PFA’s responsibility to footballers is huge, but it’s not being fulfilled.

“This is an organisation that has the capacity to help hundreds of people who are in desperate need and they’re not doing enough.

“The money they receive is huge and it doesn’t compare with what they give back.

Danny Murphy made over 700 club appearances in a career spanning almost 20 years in English football

“There are so many areas of problems former players are facing that aren’t being addressed, and we are going to see more and more ex-players in real dire straits because of the inability of the PFA to help.

“There are a lot of aspects to this… but the election process is probably the biggest subject – there’s never been one!

“I’ve been a footballer for nearly 20 years but I’ve never been part of an election process, it’s never happened and it can’t be right.

“Why has it not happened? Gordon Taylor has blocked the evolution of the PFA for years, and what Ben Purkiss has done is he’s asked for the independent review to try and evolve the organisation and make it beneficial for those players who are struggling.

“Purkiss is a super brave lad, because he’s tried to bring forward this independent review but he’s being blocked and he’s being discredited. The reason is, I think, quite honestly and simply is they are trying to cover up things in the organisation, the skeletons in the closet, and that’s not right.”

Ben Purkiss, pictured playing for Port Vale in 2016, is currently chairman of the PFA

Asked if he would stand to replace Taylor, Murphy replied: “Yeah, why not?

“I would, of course I would.

“I think I could do that job better, I know I could.

“Transparency is the key and all everybody wants, and this is including any man on the street with any union, is for it to be transparent and for it to be helping its members.”