Gordon Taylor receives PFA merit award for services to football despite controversial government

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Gordon Taylor receives PFA Merit Award for his services to football… despite controversial four-decade reign as chief executive as he stands ready to step down

  • PFA CEO Gordon Taylor quits the position after 40 years
  • The 76-year-old was the longest-serving union leader in the world
  • Taylor has been criticized for his salary and failure to address dementia

Gordon Taylor has received the PFA’s Merit Award for his services to football, despite his controversial four-decade reign as chief executive.

Taylor, 76, is stepping down to be replaced by ex-Brighton striker Maheta Molango.

The world’s longest-serving union leader announced his resignation in November last year amid pressure.

Gordon Taylor received the PFA’s merit award on Sunday night for his services to football football

He had announced his intention to step down in March 2019 after an independent investigation into the organization was completed, which happened last July.

The recommendations led to a restructuring of the PFA, whose delegates voted unanimously to approve new governance rules at their annual general meeting last November.

Controversially, however, the review itself has not been published by the PFA.

The 76-year-old's controversial four-decade reign as chief executive comes to an end

The 76-year-old’s controversial four-decade reign as chief executive comes to an end

Taylor was criticized for his salary of £2 million a year and accused of not doing enough to fund research into the links between the game and players with dementia.

The merit award was voted on by the board of the new players of the PFA.

Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Kevin De Bruyne was voted PFA Player of the Year for the second year in a row, while his City team-mate Phil Foden was named Young Player of the Year.

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