Monday 20 November 2017

Cuts at an embarrassing FAI don't go far enough

John Delaney has seen his salary reduced
John Delaney has seen his salary reduced

• Reading Daniel McDonnell's piece on further proposed cuts within the FAI (Irish Independent, July 25) made me ponder. Ponder about an organisation whose CEO earns €400,000 per year, which is now being reduced to €360,000. An organisation which has lost a top league team already this season. An organisation in which many of the so-called 'elite' teams are struggling financially.

What's more, this organisation presides over its top teams drawing gates of between 200 plus to maybe 3,000 on a good day. At Monaghan United, you probably had more people involved on the all-weather recreational pitches near the ground than paying supporters within it.

GAA teams like Crossmaglen, St Vincents, Ballina, Nemo Rangers, Eire Og, Salthill, Tuam Stars, Kilmacud and Parnells have grounds and facilities that would make any soccer team here blush.

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