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James Kelly had written to all Council representatives seeking the signatures in response to unrest over the governance picture at the top of the Association (stock photo)

James Kelly had written to all Council representatives seeking the signatures in response to unrest over the governance picture at the top of the Association (stock photo)

James Kelly had written to all Council representatives seeking the signatures in response to unrest over the governance picture at the top of the Association (stock photo)

The FAI have invited members of Council to a special meeting in the Red Cow next Friday after a delegate-led call for an emergency summit.

James Kelly had written to all Council representatives seeking the signatures in response to unrest over the governance picture at the top of the Association.

Primarily, there are concerns about the terms of January's rescue deal with Government which will see the composition of the board changed with the number of independent directors rising from four to six.

Council members with more than ten years' service also have to step down this summer in order for state funding to be restored with the new Government asserting they are not open to renegotiating these terms.

EGM approval is required to vote through these rule changes, but the Council gathering will come first.

Kelly is part of a faction who feel that a board with 50 per cent independent director representation - with chairman Roy Barrett holding the casting vote - represents the ceding of control to "outside interests" as opposed to "democratically elected" football candidates. The agenda for the meeting is split into five categories.

Deferral

They are: (1) the failure to fully populate and convene key football and business Committees; (2) the future role of Council itself; (3) the provision in the MoU with regard to six independent directors; (4) the deferral of the AGM for a month due to exceptional circumstances (Covid-19 restrictions); and (5) any other business.

The FAI will hold a media conference once the meeting ends.

Meanwhile, as the League of Ireland returned to action last night Shelbourne manager Ian Morris has questioned why clubs who laid off their players during the Covid-19 shutdown are now making high-profile forays into the transfer market.

He has suggested that the authorities need to look at the moves made by clubs who weren't paying their players during the hiatus. Shelbourne honoured all of their player contracts and in a statement released by the Reds ahead of tomorrow's clash with Waterford, the young boss admitted movements around the league had "raised his eyebrows".

"There are some fantastic signings coming into clubs who have previously let their staff go which is interesting," said Morris, who said that "big name" transfers "possibly need to be looked at".

Irish Independent