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Daniel McDonnell


Abbotstown briefing attempts to deliver clarity on questions around FAI's gameplan

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Close eye: FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn watches on as interim CEO Gary Owens addresses the media.
STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

Close eye: FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn watches on as interim CEO Gary Owens addresses the media. STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

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Close eye: FAI interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn watches on as interim CEO Gary Owens addresses the media. STEPHEN McCARTHY/SPORTSFILE

In a year when the football calendar has been thrown into chaos, the only consistent fixture is rumblings around the boardroom picture at the FAI. There's no obvious end in sight.

Interim CEO Gary Owens and his deputy Niall Quinn held a press briefing yesterday to discuss a range of matters in advance of tomorrow's emergency Council meeting in the Red Cow, a summit that was arranged by unhappy members of 'the football family'.

There was a lot covered in the briefing that would have taken centre stage on another day; confident musings about progress on the All-Island league, external help for the latest League of Ireland five-year plan and even loose chatter about pushing for international events. Yet Owens also brought home the pressing short-term concerns when he stressed that the FAI will run out of money next month if members don't sign off on the rule changes that restore government funding.