Friday 23 August 2019

Five League of Ireland candidates eyeing seat on new FAI board ahead of crucial AGM

FAI president Donal Conway. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
FAI president Donal Conway. Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

FIVE candidates from the League of Ireland are jostling for a position on the interim board of the FAI.

Nominations are due to close this evening, with the creation of new constituencies leading to a number of last minute discussions to ascertain the state of play.

After the recommendations of the Governance Review Group was passed, the board will consist of 12 members with four independents.

The President and Vice President fill two seats with the other six coming from the football family.

Two will go to League of Ireland circles. Derry City's Dodie McGuinness, a former sister in law of the late Martin McGuinness, is believed to be in the frame along with Martin Heraghty (Sligo Rovers), Dick Shakespeare (UCD), Peadar Ryan (Galway United) and Seán Ó Conaill (Cork City)

The Leinster Senior League's Dave Moran is primed to take one of the two amateur football slots.

PFAI solicitor Stuart Gilhooly, a vocal critic of the FAI during a period of strained tensions between the players union and the governing body, is pressing ahead with plans to stand in a new wide ranging constituency made up of representatives of players, supporters, the academic strands of the game, Football For All and other departments.

However, Joe O'Brien from the Colleges FAI also has support in that area with a number of matters to be sorted out behind the scenes ahead of Saturday's AGM.

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