Professional Footballers’ Association set for complete revamp with chairman Ben Purkiss also departing

Gordon Taylor has confirmed he will leave his role as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association after 38 years.

Taylor, 74, has headed up the players’ union since 1981 after taking over from former secretary Cliff Lloyd.

But his departure comes after the organisation announced a “full and open review” into its finances.

Taylor will remain in his post until the review is complete and presented at the following AGM.

The PFA has also said its entire management committee and current chairman Ben Purkiss will step down.

Taylor said the organisation was now “united on the best way forward”.

He added: “Every decision I have made has been in the interest of members and I believe the review will make the PFA – the oldest and most powerful sporting union in the world – even stronger. It will ensure we have the right structures in place to support our former, current and future members.

“It goes without saying that I am extremely proud of the work and input that the PFA has had on the development of the greatest game in the world, and I will continue to fight for the organisation, its members and our role in the game – both in this country and worldwide.”

Taylor is credited with negotiating the PFA’s biggest source of income – around £25m per year from the Premier League.

Source: PFA / European Media