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£40k for two days work a month: Eye-popping sum as PFA advertises for non-exec directors in restructuring process

Jeremy Wilson
·2-min read
Gordon Taylor - PA
Gordon Taylor - PA

The Professional Footballers’ Association is advertising for new non-executive directors to appoint chief executive Gordon Taylor’s successor, with candidates to be offered £40,000 a year for between one and two days work a month.

With Taylor again earning more than £2 million in salary, bonus and benefits in the most recent accounts, and football facing an unprecedented financial crisis, there is currently huge scrutiny on the PFA’s spending and entire financial model.

An independent review into the organisation by Sport Resolutions is complete and the PFA says that the recruitment of four independent non-executive directors will be “key to the transformation and restructuring process”.

The job advert estimates a time commitment for the role at “circa 1-2 days per month” and says that the roles will be “remunerated at £40k per annum”.

“These are unique opportunities to work at the heart of football and have a positive impact on the lives of footballers and the industry as a whole,” says the advert.

As revealed by The Telegraph, the PFA’s charity arm is currently reviewing its ongoing link with the trade union as it prepares for life after Taylor and the organisation’s biggest overhaul in a generation.

As well as Taylor's pay, the most recent accounts revealed that director of finance Darren Wilson received £345,516 in salary, bonus and benefits, including pension contributions.

Taylor and Wilson are employees of the union but also Charity trustees alongside Brendon Batson, Garth Crooks, Gareth Griffths, Chris Powell and David Weir. The accounts also revealed that the PFA’s reserves had grown to £63.54 million and that it had heritage assets, including memorabilia, worth £10.77 million.

Taylor became PFA chairman in 1978 and has been chief executive since 1981. Of the six most senior staff, the most recent arrival was 17 years ago.

Wilson has been the director of finance for 18 years, while two of the charity trustees, Batson and Crooks, were respectively deputy chief executive and chairman during periods in the 1980s.

The PFA said that they were “taking forward a number of actions highlighted as part of the independent review process”.