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FAI seek kitman - but it will only pay €50-a-week

Ryan Nugent

Published 22/06/2015 | 09:47

Former kitman for Republic of Ireland Soccer team Charlie O'Leary, at his home in Artane, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Former kitman for Republic of Ireland Soccer team Charlie O'Leary, at his home in Artane, Dublin. Photo: Caroline Quinn

THE FAI is using internship scheme JobBridge to recruit a kit room assistant for the national team - but it's only willing to pay €50-a-week.

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The chief executive of the Association, John Delaney, earns a reported €360,000 - meaning he makes almost €7,000 a week before deductions.

But the nine-month internship programme will only pay the assistant €50 on top of their weekly social welfare payment, which is €188 on average.

The position comes with 12 key responsibilities and the successful applicant will be working with the FAI's football operations team.

They will also have to do laundry, distribute kits, clean kit and equipment rooms and notify clubs and players about their selection for national squads.

Legendary Republic of Ireland kitman Charlie O'Leary told the Herald he found it very funny when he heard his old job was up for grabs.

"I was laughing to myself. I can't believe it. My son came in and told me about this apprenticeship that they're offering. It's a lot different to when I was there, because it was just Mick Byrne and myself in charge of looking after everything," said O'Leary.

O'Leary (91) first took up the role as an assistant to Ireland physio Mick Byrne - who had been in charge of everything at the time. "It was in 1986, when Jack Charlton had taken over. I enjoyed every minute of it, but there's an awful lot of work involved - it's hard graft. If anyone thinks it's an easy job, they're sadly mistaken."

O'Leary, who retired in 2000, said he was too old for the vacancy.

"No, I think I'm over-age for it, I'm 91-years old," he said.

Successful

The FAI told the Herald the position had been set up because of a number of successful JobBridge interns in the past. However, it would not specify the positions or how many have worked at the association.

"The JobBridge scheme has been a very successful initiative for the association, amongst many others. We have had nine JobBridge employees progress to full-time employment throughout different departments within the association," said a spokesperson.

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