PFA’s Gordon Taylor faces pressure over ‘scandalous’ £2.2m salary

first_imgShare on Messenger Business Gordon Taylor is under pressure to offer a justification for his £2.2m salary as chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, which last year included a £777,000 bonus.The publication of the PFA accounts shows in 2016-17 Taylor received a basic wage of £1.2m, his bonus and £271,300 in employers’ National Insurance contributions. This is equivalent to around £6,027 a day or £42,308 a week, giving Taylor parity with many of the highest paid Premier League players he represents.Revelations about the 73-year-old’s remuneration package have angered many within the game. It can be contrasted with the £100,000 the PFA has contributed towards concussion and head injury research in more than five years, a matter which has dominated the lives of former footballers with Alzheimer’s and dementia. Taylor’s salary has gone up £1.3m from the previous year and he also gets a £41,250 car allowance, private medical cover worth almost £9,000 and utilities’ benefits worth £2,800. The entire budget of the PFA, made up of grants and member contributions, is just under £17m.The former Chelsea player Graeme Le Saux called the package “absolutely scandalous” while the former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan told the Guardian it was unjustifiable. “It’s nothing personal towards Gordon Taylor – the Dalai Lama could be the chief executive of a union and on that money and I would still say it was wrong on so many levels,” he said.“Only in football, which is so detached from reality, could you pay yourself a salary of that nature. You can’t ignore that the PFA do some good stuff, very good people within the confines. But it can also be very self-serving and there is nothing more self-serving than 13-14% of the annual budget going on one person’s salary. It’s out of kilter with any other industry for a union leader to have that sort of salary. While he is a figurehead and comes in front of camera to be outspoken, to justify that salary is to defend the indefensible.”Dawn Astle, the daughter of the former West Brom striker Jeff Astle, who died aged 59 after living with dementia for many years, campaigns for more research into the effects of heading footballs. “It’s like a kick in the teeth,” she said. “He is accountable to no one and should go and give the job to someone more in touch.”Taylor has been in charge of the PFA since 1981 and lives in Lancashire. Gordon Taylor’s £2.2m pay rise: how PFA chief executive’s salary soared Read more Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content PFAcenter_img Share via Email Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics newslast_img read more

Cheaper Energy Urgent Imperative of Growth Agenda – PM

first_imgPrime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, says cheaper energy is an urgent imperative of the country’s growth agenda.She emphasised that the country has to seek the best, most efficient and effective solutions to its energy problems, while explaining that conservation is also a critical element. The Prime Minister was making her contribution to the 2013/14 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives, on Tuesday, April 30.[Read the Prime Minister’s 2013-14 Budget Presentation] Mrs. Simpson Miller said that the Offices of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, in partnership with the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining, have undertaken an energy conservation programme, which has resulted in electricity consumption levels being the lowest they have been in the last two years at the main office.She added that similar energy efficiency and energy cost saving measures were also introduced during the past six months at the National Housing Trust, Development Bank of Jamaica, King’s House, Bureau of Standards, the Civil Aviation Authority, Jamaica Information Service and the Ministry of Labour and Social Security.“On the supply side, my mandate to the Energy Minister, Hon. Phillip Paulwell, is thatno viable energy option must be ruled out as we seek to diversify our fuel mix. Bold decisions have been and will continue to be taken as we go for growth and unleash our full potential,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said.The Budget presentation was made under the theme: ‘Going for Growth and Development, Unleashing our Full Potential’.By Latonya Linton, JIS Reporterlast_img read more