Sunday 19 November 2017

FAI cutbacks

12 staff let go Delaney to take pay cut Bonner on the brink But Trap’s €1.8m salary safe

Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

IRELAND manager Giovanni Trapattoni won't be taking a cut in his €1.8m salary despite FAI cost-cutting measures which will make 12 people redundant, with more departures to follow.

Technical director Packie Bonner is set to become the highest-profile casualty, although he remains on the Abbotstown books as the FAI look to agree the terms of his departure.

Members of the technical department were the main losers on a day where 14 people were told they were out of a job -- but that includes four people in the women's department who have the option of applying for two posts.

All rank-and-file FAI employees will be taking a pay reduction, yet Trapattoni and his assistant Marco Tardelli have escaped the hit.

Trapattoni agreed a reduced deal for the Euro 2012 campaign after earning €2m per annum for the World Cup tilt, with half of that financed by Denis O'Brien.

€430,000-a-year CEO John Delaney addressed a staff briefing, where he pledged to reduce his own salary by more than the 5pc figure which will apply to all those earning over €40,000.

Officially, the FAI say that Bonner is still employed by them, but his expiring contract as technical director will not be renewed. One scenario is that the Donegal man would be retained as an ambassador for the association, yet that would represent a demotion and is considered unlikely. He has also been floated for a possible role within UEFA, with the support of Delaney.

Explaining the cuts in an FAI statement, where the impact of the recession was cited, Delaney said: "We need to continue to operate within a prudent business plan which will ensure that the improvements achieved for Irish football in recent years can be maintained."

However, the association faces a challenging decade as interest repayments kick in on the substantial loans they have taken out to fund their commitment to the Aviva Stadium.

The loans were supposed to be covered by sales of 10-year tickets, but that project flopped disastrously. As of December 2009, the FAI had borrowed €46m and they have subsequently paid a further €21.9m to complete the facility.

Director of finance Mark O'Leary left his post in September and the departure of commercial director Rory Smyth has also been confirmed.

Irish Independent

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