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2020 04 06 Retrieve

[Gordon Taylor insists Premier League players are not stupid in the row over pay cuts] I found it astonishing that Matt Hancock could come out like that when he’s got his own issues with trying to get the necessary protective health equipment for our NHS workers and didn’t have the tests in place either. I think if the clubs can’t do that [provide details on where the money will go] and explain the position fully then they have every right to expect players to mistrust what is happening

[On whether players were concerned about that point specifically] Exactly that. They want the complete due diligence. They’re not stupid. They’ve not just got their brains in their feet. They want to know the reasons for it and where it’s going

2020 04 07 Retrieve

[PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor has no plans to cut £2m-a-year salary] The PFA will make donations and the PFA is involved in the players’ charity. At the moment the PFA position is that we will continue to be paying all our staff of over 60 in full

What [the players] are saying is that it needs every club in its own locality to work things out for themselves - you can’t have one suit fitting all sizes because there is such a variance in income and expenditure

It needs to be round the table with all the facts revealed and then I can assure you that players will come to a position that is mindful about keeping their club alive and in good health as well as their jobs alive

2020 04 10 Retrieve

[Gordon Taylor criticised the government of the United Kingdom for putting Premier League players into a corner] Premier League players felt that they were being put into a corner - particularly by government. They also saw the irony that even if they took a pay cut […] that money would be lost to the government … and that would be counterproductive

Players are prepared to play their part. They were concerned that they were being put into a corner to take cuts, when we’ve always worked on wage deferrals

I find it quite extraordinary that government doesn’t realise - and it should do, because of what the game puts back into the economy, the money that football spends on its community initiatives, the tax it pays. And just to highlight footballers when there are many other sportsmen, bankers, hedge funds - I could give you a long list of people in jobs for life whose income is more. Footballers have reached the top of a mountain that has took a long, long time to climb - and they get what they deserve

For us, we want to help in the best way possible and getting money to the right places is a massive thing. It took a lot of time, a lot of conversations between the players and we came to a decision that this was the best way to do it. The club have supported that, so everyone is happy. You can get some backlash if you try to help but don’t do it in the best way possible, so we wanted to take our time with the decision, and we did that

2020 05 05 Retrieve

[Gordon Taylor has revealed playing less than 45 minutes per half has been proposed ahead of the return of football in England] We don’t know the future, what we do know is what propositions have been put, what ideas have been put, the possibility of having more substitutes, games possibly not being the full 45 minutes each way. We’ve talked of neutral stadiums, there’s lots of things been put forward, try and wait and see what the proposals are and then have the courtesy to let the managers and coaches and players come to a considered view

I wouldn’t expect games to be played, if everything was positive and promising, you wouldn’t be thinking of matches being played until around about the middle of June

[Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero said players are scared to return] Sergio is a top-class player and is entitled to his opinion of course. It’s not a question of being scared, it’s a question of being fully informed and for the relevant authorities to try and make sure it’s as safe as it possibly can be to return, and to pick out any particular statements or choose any parts of that process is not really fair until we’ve looked at the whole menu

They are professional sportsmen and professional sportswomen and of course they are concerned about their own safety, they are not stupid and neither are they naive, so they have to be satisfied that it is safe to return and it is their choice

2020 05 12 Retrieve

[Gordon Taylor says Premier League players do not want to be seen as guinea pigs in the Project Restart plan] It’s never easy when we’ve had over six weeks of being told to stay inside, and the next minutes it’s the start of what’s being perceived as the easing of these restrictions. The players don’t want to be seen as guinea pigs and that will apply to everyone in professional sport. It’s about getting the balance of safety and also trying to get back to normality as much as possible

[Asked about the issue of protecting BAME players] We need to make sure our BAME players are properly protected if there is an incidence of higher rates with those players. We need to give everyone confidence that every single safety measure has been taken on their behalf

Thinking about returning to training, it’s going to be a staged process. There’s going to be five steps and it’s caution all the way. We’ll put our toe back into the water as things are eased back in, mindful that there could be a backbite and that’s where the medical experts come in

2020 06 29 Retrieve

[PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor says the new BAME coach placement scheme represents a ‘positive step’] The PFA is proud to support a diverse membership on the pitch, and we are determined to ensure this also translates to substantial BAME representation in all other areas of the game