Tuesday 17 September 2019

John Treacy: Delaney is not part of the FAI anymore and Governance Review Group to deliver proposals by July

John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)
John Delaney (Brian Lawless/PA)
Ian Begley

Ian Begley

John Delaney is 'not a part of the FAI anymore' and plans to create a new governing body at the FAI are expected to be delivered in July, according to the chief executive of Sport Ireland. 

Speaking to Independent.ie, John Treacy said he is confident that the football association's new board will deliver the culture change needed to restore public confidence. 

His comments came following the appointment of Aidan Horan, a director of the Institute of Public Administration, to head up the new Governance Review Group at the FAI. 

Work to rebuild the association will begin as early as tomorrow. 

"They will be laying the framework for what the FAI is going to look like in the future in terms of corporate governance," said Mr Treacy. 

"What’s really important is that we have the right type of skills required for the board going forward. The board of the FAI must lead the organisation and not the chief executive. That’s a lesson that everyone has learned. 

"You need independent people. From my experience dealing with a lot of governing bodies of sport I know they add huge value. 

"You need to have people that know the sport, but you need people of independent mind that can make the right decisions for the right reasons."

Mr Treacey added that the Governance Review Group will submit their proposals to Sport Ireland within the next two months. 

The Sport Ireland CEO also confirmed that John Delaney is 'not a part of the FAI anymore' as the association faces a number of investigations.

"John Delaney has voluntarily stepped aside," Tracey said.

"I can't really comment on that because that is a contractual piece with the FAI but from what I gather, John Delaney isn't part of the FAI anymore. He is on gardening leave, or whatever the description is.

"We have to park that and get on with our business. We have people within the FAI that we are working with. We are going to continue to work with them and see some of the reforms implemented over the next number of months because we have to pave a way for the AGM in July."

Tracey also said that he had not been in any contact with anyone from the FAI today thus far but added that it is still 'early in the day yet'.

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