Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to lead

What would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested inside‑forward at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?

If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity.

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to lead

What would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested inside‑forward at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?

If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity.

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Gordon Taylor, football’s fattest cat, must go if PFA is to modernise | Daniel Taylor

Benevolent payments to ex-players are a fraction of Gordon Taylor’s salary and on issues from dementia to the abuse scandal the PFA’s leader has failed to lead

What would your reaction be if I were to point out that in the past week Gordon Taylor has quietly passed the 40th anniversary since he took his place at football’s top table and set about the process of transforming himself from a barrel-chested inside‑forward at Bury, from the puddles and potholes of the old Third Division, into a life of establishment wealth?

If you could put aside any cynicism, try not to dwell too long on the deficiencies of his organisation and overlook that it is traditionally he, not Richard Scudamore, who is the real Bagpuss of football’s fat-cat culture, it might even be possible to manage some grudging admiration for such a feat of longevity.

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How can Renato Sanches be so bad at one club and so good at another? | Stuart James

The midfielder is rebuilding his career at Bayern and is clearly a huge talent, which makes his failed spell at Swansea so baffling

September 2017, the London Stadium. Renato Sanches is brought down by Cheikhou Kouyaté deep inside the West Ham half and is determined to take the free-kick. He tells his Swansea teammates he is going to put it in the top corner. One swing of his right boot later and the ball is on its way to the top corner … of the stadium rather than the net. Swansea’s players are already turning on their heel before gravity has started to do its work.

Related: Dele Alli, Twitter loneliness and the cautionary tale of Renato Sanches | Barney Ronay

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Netherlands secure victory over France to condemn Germany to relegation

• Wijnaldum and Depay on target for Dutch in Nations League
• World champions’ unbeaten run ended after 15 games

Germany were relegated from Group A1 of the Nations League after the Netherlands earned a surprise 2-0 win over France.

Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Memphis Depay crowned a dominant display from the Dutch in Rotterdam to end Les Bleus’ 15-game unbeaten run.

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Nations League: Netherlands v France, Wales v Denmark and more – live!

Hello and welcome to another night of strangely compelling Uefa-sanctioned F.U.N. For all the weirdness of the format, you have to admit that there’s something delightfully moreish about the Nations League, so much so that it’s impossible to imagine a better way to soend a Friday evening than watching Gibraltar versus Armenia and Liechtenstein versus Macedonia in Group D4.

However, less adventurous Nations League nuts might have their eyes on events in Group A1, where Holland host France in Rotterdam. France can seal their spot in the semis with a draw and will start as heavy favourites against Ronald Koeman’s side. Yet the Dutch, who are still reeling from their failures to qualify for the last two international tournaments, will be buzzing after last month’s win over Germany and will be a point off top spot with one game left if they beat the world champions.

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Nations League: Netherlands v France, Wales v Denmark and more – live!

Hello and welcome to another night of strangely compelling Uefa-sanctioned F.U.N. For all the weirdness of the format, you have to admit that there’s something delightfully moreish about the Nations League, so much so that it’s impossible to imagine a better way to soend a Friday evening than watching Gibraltar versus Armenia and Liechtenstein versus Macedonia in Group D4.

However, less adventurous Nations League nuts might have their eyes on events in Group A1, where Holland host France in Rotterdam. France can seal their spot in the semis with a draw and will start as heavy favourites against Ronald Koeman’s side. Yet the Dutch, who are still reeling from their failures to qualify for the last two international tournaments, will be buzzing after last month’s win over Germany and will be a point off top spot with one game left if they beat the world champions.

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