Tuesday 22 October 2019

FAI's search for CEO to replace Delaney held up by Uefa probe

Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The FAI's hunt for a full-time CEO to replace John Delaney has been held up pending the outcome of a governance review that led a Uefa delegation to visit Ireland yesterday.

They met with FAI officials at their Abbotstown base in the morning before travelling to Sport Ireland headquarters in the afternoon to discuss the work of the Governance Review Group that is preparing a report that will lead to changes at the association's AGM in Meath in July.

When Mr Delaney's move to executive vice president was announced, the FAI said it planned to unveil a new CEO at the AGM. But there is now no firm timeline on the process as there is no certainty around the structure or identity of the next board.

Interim CEO Rea Walshe and board member Niamh O'Donoghue are representing the FAI in the talks.

Uefa has refused to confirm who led its delegation to Dublin, and if the sidelined Mr Delaney was consulted, but he was not a part of its visit.

Mr Delaney has been absent from the ongoing European U17 finals. At the AGM launch in Trim, North East Football League head and FAI Council member Gerry Gorman told journalists Mr Delaney would be welcome at the summer festivities in Meath.

Irish Independent

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