Taylor calls for independent scrutiny

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes a permanent independent body to oversee transfers would have a positive influence on the game.

Professional Footballers’ Association chief executive Gordon Taylor believes a permanent independent body to oversee transfers would have a positive influence on the game.

Lord Stevens on Monday delivered the interim report on his investigation into corruption, revealing that of the 362 transfers examined, 39 involving eight clubs warranted further scrutiny over the next two months.

Stevens declared some 89% of the transfers as being clean – and he will now seek to use Football Association rules to force agents to open their bank accounts as investigations continue into the remaining 39 deals.

PFA chief Taylor would welcome the autonomy of a permanent independent commission, and he told PA Sport: “On a confidential basis to an independent body, there is no reason why clubs and the people who have been involved in such transactions should not have to open up their books and bank accounts to make sure there is no impropriety.

“That has to be done better independently and with confidentially rather than being looked at by people from within the game.

“The cost of it would probably be saved by the millions going out of the game at the moment.”

Stevens’ Premier League inquiry into transfer irregularities will prove the “catalyst” which cleans up English football, according to expert observer Graham Bean.

Former Football Association compliance officer Bean told Sky Sports News: “Irrespective of what this inquiry discovers in the next couple of months, I think it is a catalyst for the game.

“It will be the start of the clean-up of the game. From now onwards, the whole transfer system will end up being completely overhauled and will be monitored in a lot closer way.”

Harry Redknapp, the Portsmouth manager who was featured in BBC Panorama’s recent probe into transfers, said of the Lord Stevens-led inquiry: “It has needed to all come out in the open – and that is not a problem.

“Whatever happens, we’ll wait and see but for me it is not a problem.”

It is believed that Redknapp will now abandon plans to take legal action over the Panorama programme titled ‘Undercover: Soccer’s Dirty Secrets’ which showed him talking to agent Peter Harrison about Blackburn defender Andy Todd.

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