Tuesday 23 July 2019

FAI board loses yet another member as Earley quits

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Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The FAI has suffered a setback after the chair of the Underage Committee resigned from his position on the association's board with immediate effect.

John Earley is the fourth person to exit the beleaguered football body's board in as many months, with an 11-person group reduced to seven - only just the quorum needed for a meeting to take place.

John Delaney vacated his seat as part of his switch to executive vice president, while honorary secretary Michael Cody and honorary treasurer Eddie Murray resigned in April, on the same day that Delaney voluntarily stepped aside from his new position.

Earley's parting statement indicated that he was dissatisfied with elements of an ongoing review of the FAI's governance, which is working on the recommendations to change the size and profile of the board following a troubled period.

An initial draft of a report by the Governance Review Group established between the FAI and Sport Ireland was presented to the board in Limerick last week ahead of its final publication tomorrow.

After taking submissions from stakeholders in Irish football, the group is set to present proposals that would need to be voted through at the FAI's AGM next month.

Earley is staying on as the chair of the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland (SFAI) and his statement has highlighted that the FAI will face a challenge to win over the constituent parts of the game.

"A combination of recent events during the ongoing governance review, and the failure to address my concerns at board level, has left me with no other option but to resign," he said.

He said that he was "regretfully" confirming his decision to step down from the board.

Irish Independent

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