PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor will stand down at the end of the season after 40 years in the role.
The 75-year-old is set to announce to members that he is laying out a precise timetable for his departure following the completion of the Sports Resolution review into the PFA.
That review has recommended a major overhaul of the organisation, with issues such as the ongoing dementia crisis affecting former footballers and lower league players not getting paid during the coronavirus pandemic becoming key issues.
The PFA are set to begin the search for Taylor's successor at their Annual General Meeting on Thursday.
Taylor faced an investigation into the PFA's finances as part of the review, which was launched last year.
His letter to members, in which he announces his departure, references that the review was completed in July, and lays out his recommendations for how the organisation should proceed.
“Under the new structure, the management committee will hand over to a players’ board and an operational board, and we will be inviting nominations for members to join the players’ board,” writes Taylor.
“Those members will be instrumental in taking forward the PFA under our new structure, and I hope you will consider whether you would wish to play a leadership role in our future.
"As I announced at our previous AGM, now that the Independent Review process has completed, I too will step down, by the end of the current season.
"A new Chief Executive will be elected following the recruitment procedure recommended by the Independent Review, and we have already made substantial progress in that direction. I will of course be available in the future whenever needed to support the PFA."
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