Sunday 18 August 2019

Conway has earned extension - Moran

Newly elected FAI Board Member Dave Moran. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Newly elected FAI Board Member Dave Moran. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

New FAI board member Dave Moran feels that Donal Conway has earned the chance to retain his role for another 12 months.

Leinster Senior League representative Moran called for the entire board to stand down in the aftermath of financial revelations that plunged Irish football into crisis.

His league set itself apart from a number of other regional bodies by refusing to endorse the FAI hierarchy at a point where others were sending out messages of support.

On Saturday, Moran was appointed to the new FAI board as one of the amateur football representatives.

He said he has been impressed by how Conway has responded to a testing period. "I spoke about it two or three months ago and said everybody had to go," admitted Moran, who conceded that the new board has been quite hastily assembled.

"But then the governance review came out and I've got to look at it and say, yeah, (the idea) of continuity, I can see that.

"I know for a fact from people that have been out in Abbotstown three or four times a week, that Donal's always out there.

"He's already said he's going to step down. Will he do a good job for the next year? Yes he will. I'll go with the reform (recommendations).

"It's probably been a bit rushed and yes we're probably going to have to tweak it but we want to bring in reforms and try and change the culture."

Moran said that one of the priorities in the short term has to be easing the concerns of staff.

He was working on the recent U-17 Championships staged in Ireland and encountered worried FAI employees.

"There were a lot of young lads, young girls working hard, and they were checking their phones for their wages. That's not good enough," he said.

"The priority has to be the staff, and to make sure that their jobs are safe, and then we move onto the clubs and the players.

"To have an opportunity to change and continue the reform that has started is exciting for me," added Moran, who was a strong backer for new vice-president Paul Cooke.

"Paul is a good guy and very, very professional in what he does."

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