Professional Footballers Association boss Gordon Taylor claims he has no reason to feel ashamed when it was revealed that his annual salary was just under £1 million.
Taylor admitted that Prime Minister David Cameron might feel "sick as a parrot" when the latter realised that he was paid one seventh of Taylor's wages but he revealed that he had had no say in the negotiations.
"All that stuff was done by my agent, to be fair, I'm just paid to do a job and I do it to the best of my ability".
"You never know how long you'll stay at the top in this game, " the PFA boss continued, "there's no saying when I'll be struck down by tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury or even lockjaw and that would be me on the scrapheap. Football is often a very short career".
"I just do a job to the best of my ability. I take each day as it comes".
When asked what he would have been if he hadn't become a union representative, Taylor replied "To be honest, I would probably have ended up being a lawyer or accountant like the rest of me mates. That's all there was for the local kids to do when they left school".