Pressure increases on PFA chief Gordon Taylor to resign when the charity committee starts investigation
Gordon Taylor pressures to resign from PFA while the charity committee investigates how it is conducted with the CEO still earns £ 2.3 million a year
- The pressure is again on Gordon Taylor to step down as PFA chief executive
- A legal investigation has been launched into the charity of the trade union
- Taylor stays on his hefty salary and takes home around £ 200,000 a month
- The committee has announced that it still has ‘serious concerns’ after the initial assessment
Once again, the pressure on Gordon Taylor to step down from the Professional Footballers’ Association after the Charity Commission has taken the important step of launching a legal investigation into the charity of the union.
What represents a seismic development in a long-term saga, the Commission – which has examined the PFA – has revealed that it still has “serious concerns” after an initial evaluation.
It has now launched a new research method which, in its view, is the “most serious intervention” and will investigate under a series of other lines of research whether “the relationship and transactions of the PFA charity with other agencies are in the best interest.”
Once again, pressure on Gordon Taylor to resign from his position as head of the PFA
The research, which focuses on the Professional Footballers’ Association Charity (PFAC), is expected to look exactly where the funding for Taylor’s £ 2.3 million salary comes from.
Bills placed in 2018 for the PFAC, of which PFA chief executive Taylor is a trustee, showed personnel costs of £ 4 million. There was no further detail about how that amount was broken down.
The shock movement comes after Sportsmail led to the Commission’s initial probe.
In an explosive interview from 2018, PFA chairman and former Walsall player Ben Purkiss claimed how he had become embroiled in a power struggle with 75-year-old Taylor.
Ben Purkiss (right) claimed that he had become embroiled in a power struggle with Taylor
Purkiss, who now feels justified, demanded reform and an independent administrative investigation, but was confronted with an attempt to dispel him on technical details.
After his disclosure in this paper with his views, more than 300 former players called on Taylor to resign and the CEO finally agreed to appoint an independent QC to conduct a “full and open assessment” that promised to resign after publication.
However, this evaluation is not yet complete after twelve months. Taylor is still paid almost £ 200,000 a month.
No timeline has been set for the legal investigation by the public service that registers and regulates charities, but it is understood that this is treated as a priority.
Last year, the Charity Commission conducted interviews with curators and other parties. Despite “extensive involvement,” they say they continue to have “serious concerns that led to the opening of this investigation.”
The probe will also look at whether the PFAC’s activities have been ‘exclusively charitable and in the public interest’, ‘the management, administration and management of charity by the managers’, and will ‘examine how conflicts of interest have been addressed and managed’ .
It is crucial that it investigates ‘whether there is an unauthorized trustee benefit’. Finally, it will be investigated whether the trustees have complied with charity law.
If additional problems arise during the investigation, the scope of the investigation can be extended.
Stephen Grenfell, Head of Research, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: “The public rightly expects that charities work to the highest standards – for everything they do.
Serious concerns have been expressed about how the Professional Footballers’ Association charity is run. We will now investigate what happened to the charity through a full legal investigation and ensure that action is taken where necessary. “
Taylor is still paying nearly £ 200,000 a month with the assessments still going on
A report is expected which states which issues have been examined and which actions have been taken. The Commission’s powers are focused on protecting charities.
They can disqualify individuals from acting as trustees or taking senior positions with a charity for a certain period of time. They can also freeze bank accounts and give official warnings and decisions such as misconduct or mismanagement.
A PFA spokesperson said: “The Charity Commission opened a regulatory compliance case in the PFAC in November 2018.
“The PFAC managers are all committed to adopting the highest possible standards for the management, administration and management of charity and will continue to work with the Charity Commission.”
Including Taylor, PFAC has eight trustees. They include former players Brendon Batson, Garth Crooks and David Weir.