Statement by the PFA Management Committee

Premier League Captain's Statement

PFA Management Committee

The Management Committee of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA) is currently taking forward a number of actions highlighted as part of the Independent Review of the PFA. The purpose of the Review is to ensure that the PFA achieves the highest standards of governance, transparency, accountability and independence in sport.

The PFA will provide further detailed comment on the outcome of the Independent Review, and planned next steps, in due course.

Appointment of Independent Non-Executive Directors

In order to support a restructured Player’s Board in the future, the Review recommends the appointment of four independent non-executive directors. The directors will be appointed with the assistance of a three-person Selection Panel, comprising Gary Neville as the Independent Chair, supported by Edward Canty and John Mousinho, as recommended by the Independent Review and approved by the Management Committee. Once appointed, the non-executive directors will be responsible for leading a robust, independent and transparent recruitment process of the new PFA CEO. 

Following approval and instruction from the Management Committee, the Selection Panel has started the recommended recruitment process for the non-executive directors by appointing Executive Search Firm Odgers Berndtson. This appointment follows a thorough and transparent tender process, which has received Management Committee approval.   

Alongside Odgers Berndtson, the Selection Panel will now begin the search for four non-executive directors. The Selection Panel will remain independent and free from any influence throughout the process. Further, the Selection Panel’s sole purpose is to appoint four non-executive directors and will thereafter be disbanded.

The Selection Panel will not be commenting on the process. Please direct any enquiries to Odgers Berndtson.