Tuesday 20 February 2018

FAI hopes for €8m qualifying windfall as jobs on the line at Abbotstown HQ

Daniel McDonnell

THE FAI will receive €8m in prize money if the senior team qualifies for Euro 2012 by beating Estonia over two legs.

But the reality of the association's financial picture was made clear yesterday as Abbotstown chiefs implemented further cost-cutting measures on the eve of the crunch tie.

While Giovanni Trapattoni and his team were in Tallinn preparing for the big game, the latest raft of cuts were announced at headquarters in Dublin.

The Irish Independent understands that at least one member of staff was let go, while a number of others were given the option of taking redundancy or a substantial paycut.

It is understood the employees affected are part of the FAI's technical department. They will make a decision over the coming days.

Separate to those developments, two other members of staff have handed in their notice this week.

There are fears a significant number of jobs will be on the line if Ireland fail to secure progression for next summer's finals in Poland and Ukraine.

The FAI refused to comment last night.

Whether qualification is secured or not, it is understood the association is set for more restructuring over the coming months.

Irish football's governing body is still suffering from the disastrous sale of 10-year premium level tickets that were supposed to pay for the association's commitment to the Aviva Stadium.

Irish Independent

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