Gordon Taylor CONTINUES to take home almost £2m in his last year as PFA chief executive with his pay being cut by just 4 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic
- PFA accounts showed chief executive Gordon Taylor still receives a £2m salary
- Outgoing chief saw his salary cut by just four per cent despite Covid-19 crisis
- That came despite a dramatic 60 per cent fall in PFA share of television money
- Taylor did donate £500,000 of his salary to NHS charities during pandemic
- He announced in November his intention to step down at the end of the season
Gordon Taylor continued to take home almost £2million in salary during his penultimate year as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association.
Taylor, 76, saw his salary cut by just four per cent to £1,936,876 in the financial year to June 2020 despite the Covid-19 pandemic, according to PFA Charity accounts.
He announced back in November his intention to stand down at the end of this season from a role he has held since 1981.
PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor continued to receive a salary of almost £2million in his penultimate year in the job despite the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic
The Price of Football Twitter account highlighted Taylor’s salary had only gone down four per cent in the year up to June 2020 despite a 60 per cent fall in the PFA’s television income
Taylor’s salary remained virtually unaltered despite a dramatic 60 per cent fall in television income received by the PFA Charity, as highlighted in documents seen by the Price of Football Twitter account.
The PFA chief did, however, donate £500,000 of his earnings to the Premier League players’ fund for the NHS and charities in response to the coronavirus pandemic with the PFA donating an additional £1million.
Taylor had made clear he wouldn’t be taking a wage cut in his final year in office despite scrutiny of PFA finances and criticism of their response to football’s dementia scandal.
The segment of the financial statement for the year ending June 30, 2020 also highlighted that Taylor received benefits of £57,726, an increase from the £56,749 he was paid in 2019.
Price of Football showed a segment of the accounts showing the fall in television income from almost £27m in 2019 to £11.27m last year as a result of the Covid pandemic
The financial statement also highlight Taylor’s salary of £1,879,150 – a minimal fall year-on-year
His essentially unchanged salary came despite the PFA’s share of TV revenue dropping from £26,998,330 in 2019 to just £11,270,000 in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic took a hold of broadcaster finances.
The PFA commenced a ‘full and open review’ into its finances in 2019 with Taylor saying the entire management committee, including himself, would stand down at the AGM following the report’s release.
But in November last year, Taylor confirmed his intention to not stand down until next year.
As Sportsmail revealed last month, Premier League stars are unhappy with the four-person selection panel appointed to pick Taylor’s successor amid concerns it lacks footballing expertise.
Taylor, 76, is set to stand down as PFA chief executive at the end of the season
The PFA reacted to players’ demands by choosing a racially diverse and gender-balanced selection panel. But of the four independent non-executive directors appointed, only one has any experience in the industry – Women in Football chair Ebru Koksal.
The panel is completed by Head of Business Marketing for Europe at TikTok Trevor Johnson, Amazon managing director Darren Hardman and former karate world champion Geoff Thompson — none of whom have worked in football, leading to concerns that players’ views will not be represented.