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Outgoing Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely. Photo: David Conachy

Outgoing Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely. Photo: David Conachy

David Conachy

Outgoing Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely. Photo: David Conachy

The FAI have said that they are still in the process of securing a 'selection partner' to source a new permanent CEO, insisting that the formal search to fill the role is yet to begin.

Weekend reports that outgoing Virgin Media Television managing director Pat Kiely had been lined up to take the post caused a stir in football circles.

Senior FAI officials were contacted by stakeholders concerned about any suggestion there was a plan in place before the position was advertised - and they were told that no decisions have been made.

Kiely, who is leaving Virgin Media (formerly TV3) in July after 22 years, has described the FAI link as ''flattering'' and said he would be taking a break over the summer before settling on his next move.

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But an FAI spokesman has asserted that the Association have yet to decide on the external help that will assist them in identifying John Delaney's long-term replacement.

The roadmap will also involve the input of a nominations committee, in line with the methods that were used to appoint independent directors to the FAI's top table.

"The FAI is in the process of procuring a search and selection partner to assist in identifying suitable candidates for the role of CEO," said the Abbotstown spokesman. "The post will be advertised in due course and the selection process will be overseen by the Nominations Committee."

Recruitment firm AMROP assisted the FAI in the sourcing of independent directors with the FAI's nominations committee also consisting of Sport Ireland appointees.

Roy Barrett emerged as the new independent chairperson of the board and has been a key figure in subsequent decisions.

Gary Owens is currently serving as the FAI's interim CEO, with Niall Quinn functioning as his deputy.

The method of appointing a successor to Delaney was a frequent talking point during FAI governance reforms, and the candidate's salary will have to be disclosed to Sport Ireland given the controversy over the previous regime's handling of pay and conditions.

Irish Independent