Gordon Taylor Furious With Hancock On Comments
Gordon Taylor expressed his astonishment at Health Secretary Matt Hancock’s continued attacks on players as the Professional Footballers’ Association (PFA) chief executive called for clarity on club finances as pay cut talks rumble on.
Football has come under scrutiny as the coronavirus pandemic continues to escalate, with the Health Secretary quick to highlight the supposed lack of support being offered by well-remunerated players.
Hancock urged top-flight professionals to “take a pay cut and play their part” on Thursday, perhaps unaware that Premier League captains were already in discussions about how players could help during the coronavirus outbreak.
But while that fund edges closer to a launch, other matters remain up in the air. The Premier League suggested players take a 30 per cent wage cut or deferral, only for the PFA to issue a statement saying such a move could result in a £200m tax deficit.
Rooney’s criticism and other high-profile figures has not led to change of tack from Hancock, who on Sunday reiterated his call for players to do more.
Gordo Taylor told The Telegraph: “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.”
The PFA joined the Premier League, League Managers Association and representatives from all clubs on a conference call on Saturday.
Talks will increase this week and Gordon Taylor pleaded with clubs to give the detailed financial information they had been expecting in order to make sure money goes to the right places.Asked if players were concerned about where the money would go, Taylor said: “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.”
“I think if they can’t do that and explain the position fully then they have every right to expect players to mistrust what is happening,” he added.