Saturday 20 January 2018

Delaney gives TV crew behind-the-scenes look

John Delaney
John Delaney
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

FAI chief executive John Delaney is to feature in a fly-on-the-wall documentary on Sky Sports.

In a first for the association, the Sky film crew were given access-all-areas to the soccer boss as he attended board meetings and visited clubs around the country.

The FAI chief also took the crew to his family home to meet his mother and father in south Tipperary.

The project is due to air over two days in the coming week on Sky Sports News.

"The crew travelled around the country with John to the sports campus for young talent in Adamstown to St Michael's, the club he once played for back in Tipperary," said a Sky source.

"They also sat in on directors meetings, talks with the president of the FAI and they were present when Clones Town football club told John that they are planning to call their new stadium 'John Delaney Park' after him.

"We filmed over five hours' worth of behind the scenes access all areas look into what he is all about and cover everything from his interest in grass roots clubs to his thoughts on the big games coming up and on Irish manager Giovanni Trapattoni."

On Tuesday, Delaney will jet into Washington where he is to attend an event in The White House alongside Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

He will be among a number of Irish representatives meeting US president Barack Obama as part of this weekend's St Patrick's Day celebrations. A party will be held in the Irish embassy in Washington for the group afterwards.

The documentary is due to coincide with Ireland's World Cup qualifier in Stockholm this Friday.

This week will also see the announcement that the world's biggest fast food chain McDonald's is to become a new sponsor of the FAI in its work to encourage upcoming young talent. The deal is worth half a million euro to the association. However, Three Mobile remains the main sponsor of the Irish team.

Irish Independent

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