The FAI chief executive John Delaney has said that Roy Keane’s appointment as Ireland’s assistant manager was one of his personal highlights of 2013.
Reflecting on his high and low points of the previous 12 months, Delaney said that both centered on the health of his father who had been unwell during the course of the year.
"The lowest point of the year was my dad being sick,” he said.
“The high point of the year was that the open-heart surgery he had last week was a success.”
Of course the relationship between Keane and Delaney has been well documented, but they put behind them any past differences as he joined Martin O’Neill as the new management team for the Irish soccer team.
The move captured the public imagination and Delaney has said it was another highlight, though did reference the domestic game first as another highpoint of 2013.
“This was a huge high point for me (his father’s surgery), followed by the terrific occasion of the FAI Cup Final - and, of course the appointment of Martin and Roy," he told The Sunday Independent.