Gordon Taylor to stand down as chief executive of Professional Footballers’ Association at end of 2020/21 campaign
Professional Footballers’ Association chairman Gordon Taylor will resign from his role by the end of the 2020/21 season.
According to the Telegraph, Taylor’s 40-year tenure will come to an end over the next few months following the completion of a review into the PFA which recommends an overhaul of the organisation.
Taylor, the chief executive of the players’ union, has been under widespread pressure for many years, with much criticism directed at him being the highest-paid trade union official in the world.
The 75-year-old, who became PFA chief executive in 1981, announced last year he would stand down once an independent review of the organisation was complete.
The union has faced renewed criticism in recent weeks over its record of supporting former players suffering from dementia, in the wake of Nobby Stiles’ death and Sir Bobby Charlton’s diagnosis with the condition.
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In the letter, Taylor wrote: “As I announced at the previous AGM, now that the independent review process is completed, I too will stand down by the end of the current season.
“The new chief executive will be elected following the recruitment procedures recommended by the independent review.
“We have already made substantial progress in that direction.”
The PFA is holding its virtual annual general meeting on Thursday, at which the proposed new structure of the union will be voted on by members.