Wednesday 21 August 2019

FAI deal gives Mooney the power to return to UEFA immediately


Noel Mooney. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Noel Mooney. Photo: Seb Daly/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

The terms of Noel Mooney's six-month deal with the FAI allow the Limerick man to serve notice and return to UEFA immediately if he is unhappy with any developments.

Mooney met FAI staff and other Irish football stakeholders yesterday ahead of his official return on June 3 to take up a six-month secondment.

Abbotstown sources say that Mooney spoke of his support for 'radical' reform.

One aspect of his deal is that he can leave Ireland and return to UEFA before November 30 if things are not working out.

That would leave the FAI open to the prospect of an alternative UEFA solution for their crisis.

Mooney's stop-gap appointment as general manager for football services and partnerships has been driven by UEFA - who are providing financial support for the embattled FAI through a turbulent spell.

However, a UEFA spokesperson told the Irish Independent that the FAI would be paying Mooney's wages.

In a lengthy interview with FAI TV yesterday, Mooney batted away a question on whether he’d apply to be the next CEO, stating that he would return to UEFA in November.

He also stressed that the FAI board remain in ultimate charge of the direction of Irish football and that the administration – which he heads up – should be implementing strategies they approve.

Mooney did appear to dismiss the suggestion that he’s the UEFA’s watchdog, but FAI officials are conscious that European football’s governing body were keen on this solution. Their financial support is essential for the continued wellbeing of the Irish association.

Irish Independent

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