Gordon Taylor EXCLUSIVE: PFA helping Bury players after club’s expulsion from the EFL – ‘We’ve got to look after them’

Gordon Taylor has told talkSPORT the Professional Footballers’ Association are in constant contact with Bury players and are helping them through their financial difficulties.

The Shakers were expelled from the English Football League on Tuesday and now the 134-year-old club is facing liquidation after a late takeover bid collapsed just hours before the 5pm deadline.

Bury were promoted to League One last season but have been unable to begin their new campaign having had their first six fixtures called off by the EFL.

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The club’s financial woes have spiralled since the end of the last term, which has led to the departure of the majority of their first-team squad.

Now only four professional players remain at the club.

Among them is Irish midfielder Stephen Dawson, who told talkSPORT on Wednesday he has been forced to sell his house having not been paid for months and now facing the likelihood of having no employer.

PFA chief executive Taylor also joined the station on this dark day for English football, and he said the players’ union are ‘looking after’ the players caught in the middle of Bury’s financial woes.

Speaking to talkSPORT host Jim White, Taylor said: “We’ve made loans to players, we’ve made 50 per cent loans of their wages to help keep them going with their mortgages and their bills.

“This is at the lower end of the football scale, remember. We did that for March, April, May and June. It’s something we are prepared to do because that’s one reason why we have reserves.

“We’ve been in contact with the players throughout the day, we’ve got to reassure them.

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Stephen Dawson has been open with talkSPORT about his financial struggles throughout Bury’s crisis
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“There are just four professionals there are the moment, but there are also 11 first-year scholars and five second-year scholars who are our apprentices for the future, so we’ve got to look after them.

“We’ve got to see all these players can get clubs. There are no restrictions, there is no compensation [due from clubs interested in signing them].

“For the scholars, they’ve got to keep their education program going and they should be able to join another club even though they’ve reached the maximum number of scholars as a special provision because their welfare is particular important.”

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