Maheta Molango: No more PFA independent review documents to release

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No further details of the Professional Footballers Association’s independent review will be released, union chief executive Maheta Molango told members.

The review, commissioned in 2018, would be highly critical of the leadership of the PFA, including its former chief executive Gordon Taylor, who resigned earlier this year after 40 years in the post.

Molango told PFA members: “The message we’re hearing loud and clear from the players is that you want the PFA to focus on the issues that are affecting you right now.

Maheta Molango’s predecessor Gordon Taylor was in office for 40 years until June of this year (Steven Paston / PA)

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“So, reflecting what we heard from the membership, the decision was made – alongside the Players Council and the Operational Council – that, after releasing a summary of recommendations in November of last year, we will no longer publish any independent review material.

“This is a new era for PFA and a time of enormous change in the game. Under new leadership and with new structures now in place, we are looking to the future – modernizing, adapting and building on the great work already underway across the PFA.

Former Manchester United and England defender Gary Neville said in December last year that he was confident the new PFA leadership would “do the right thing” regarding the release of review.



It’s a new era for PFA and a time of huge change in the game

Maheta Molango

Neville helped choose the independent advisory board that led Molango’s hiring process.

The PFA charity is still the subject of a separate statutory investigation from the Charity Commission which began in January 2020.

The investigation was opened by the Commission because of “serious concerns” about the way the charity was run, in particular about its relationship with the union and the way conflicts of interest were handled.

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