UEFA's Noel Mooney joins FAI for six-month period as 'General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships'
UEFA's Noel Mooney has joined the FAI on a six-month secondment as the association's General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships.
Mooney, who currently serves as UEFA’s Head of National Association Business Development, will start work on June 3rd, finishing on November 30. According to an FAI statement, he will 'initially assess the FAI’s requirements and will co-ordinate future support and expertise in finance and other areas from UEFA and FIFA'.
Mooney's appointment means that Rea Walshe will take up the role of Chief Operating Officer, having stepped in as interim CEO following the departure of John Delaney.
Neither Mooney nor Walshe will serve on the FAI board during the arrangement.
Speaking about his appointment, Mooney said:
"Working with all of our stakeholders, I am confident Irish football will emerge stronger and better over the next few months as we listen to the voices of those who want the game to succeed and are determined to deliver the radical reform required for Irish football.
"In my time with UEFA I have led teams across Europe developing football in many countries. Returning home to help the FAI with its challenges is something I will embrace as we deliver change with our highly committed staff and all our leagues, clubs and partners."