Carlisle United’s players are keeping a watching brief regarding the unfolding row at the Professional Footballers’ Association.

The players’ union is at the centre of a dispute involving players and long-standing chief executive Gordon Taylor.

More than 300 current and former players have signed a letter urging Taylor to stand down, while PFA chairman Ben Purkiss has called for an independent review.

The Walsall defender has seen his own position challenged by Taylor due to his non-contract status.

The storm has reportedly put the PFA’s multi-million pound funding deal with the Premier League at risk.

United’s PFA representative is captain Danny Grainger after the departure of last season’s rep, midfielder Luke Joyce.

The News & Star was told Grainger is “monitoring the situation closely on behalf of the club”.

Taylor is the highest-paid union official in Britain, the 73-year-old having received £2.29million last year.

A PFA management committee meeting is set to be held today.