Professional Footballers' Association responds to Nobby Stiles criticism: 'The family won't accept our help'

Stiles was a crucial player during the 1960s

Nobby Stiles seen at a memorial to the Munich Air Disaster

Friday, January 27, 2017

The chief executive of the trade body representing England's professional footballers has told talkRADIO his organisation has offered help to Nobby Stiles on several occasions but been rebuffed.

Gordon Taylor was responding to a widespread outpouring of support for Stiles, who is suffering from dementia and is reportedly struggling financially.

Many have suggested Taylor's body, the Professional Footballers Association, has not done enough to help the former Manchester United and England star. However Taylor said the union has tried all possible avenues in its attempts to get in touch with his family.

Taylor said: “Of course we’re concerned about Nobby but we’ve been in touch since we heard about his illness, by post, phone and other messages. We’ve offered him help, just like we’ve done for all our members.

“We offer help to all our former players, 50,000 people in total. We have helped many of Nobby’s former playing colleagues with Manchester United and with England. You need only speak to other former players about support we’re given.

“Help [from the PFA] comes in a variety of ways, with regard to treatment, bills and what’s required. It depends what the family are looking for.

“Manchester United have also offered help, as have the Manchester United former player’s association, and the Football Association since January of this year. I know that for sure.

"Those offers have not been responded to."

Taylor declined to speculate on why the messages had not been responded to, although he said that “there’s certain situations where there’s a blame culture.”

Regarding the suggestion of a testimonial for Stiles, put forward by talkRADIO presenter George Galloway, Taylor said “that needs to have the approval of the family" before any plans could be put in place.