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Sunday 24 September 2017

Trapattoni and Delaney agree to pay cuts but refuse to give details

Giovanni Trapattoni. Photo: Getty Images
Giovanni Trapattoni. Photo: Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

THE FAI has refused to confirm the extent of the pay cuts taken by high earners Giovanni Trapattoni and John Delaney in response to the association's dire financial problems.

Ireland manager Trapattoni says his €1.8m salary will drop by somewhere in the region of the 5pc chop delivered to all members of Abbotstown staff earning more than €40,000 per year.

However, no specifics have been offered.

Meanwhile, Delaney has declared that he is taking the biggest percentage cut of anyone in the association, but he has declined to detail how much he will lose from his €430,000-a-year package.

"It's something I thought about myself, and at some future date I'll let the members of the association know and then the public," said the chief executive, who has defended the size of his original deal.

The FAI have been shedding staff in the latter half of this year.

Twelve staff across a variety of departments were let go last week before the departure of technical director Packie Bonner was confirmed.

Concerns have been expressed about the size of the deals offered to employees in the upper echelons of the organisation with the association facing up to the reality brought about by poor ticket sales for the new Aviva Stadium.

Half of Trapattoni's salary is paid by Denis O'Brien, and the Italian confirmed that assistant Marco Tardelli, fitness coach Fausto Rossi and goalkeeping coach Alan Kelly will also suffer a fall in earnings.

Meanwhile, Delaney suggested that his gesture was necessary in terms of setting an example.

"It is important that I do it and show leadership in that regard," he said, "It applies to all of us. Any of us in public life, it's important to show."

They were speaking at the launch of the 2011 Europa League final, which will take place in the renovated Lansdowne Road on May 18. Up to 7,000 tickets for the final will be made available to Irish fans, who can enter a ballot starting on December 16 and running until January 13.

The tickets will be priced at €50, €80, €105 and €135. Fans can apply for two tickets per person online at www.fai.ie or www.UEFA.com.

Irish Independent

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