Friday 20 April 2018

'We're strong enough to stand on our own two feet' - Salary agreement between Denis O'Brien and FAI comes to an end

17 October 2017; Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill and Assistant Manager Roy Keane, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Play-off Draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Gonzalo Garcia/Sportsfile
17 October 2017; Republic of Ireland Manager Martin O'Neill and Assistant Manager Roy Keane, during the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Play-off Draw at the Home of FIFA in Zurich, Switzerland. Photo by Gonzalo Garcia/Sportsfile

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Businessman Denis O'Brien will no longer contribute towards the salary of the Republic of Ireland management team, FAI CEO John Delaney confirmed today.

Speaking to Off The Ball on Newstalk, Delaney said that the arrangement - which saw O'Brien fund part of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane's salary, and Giovanni Trapattoni's before that - has come to an end.

"Denis has been fantastic to the FAI, over the last ten years he has given funding of almost €10m so we could fund an international manager," Delaney said.

"At the time he came to us it was a difficult time for us financially, we were building the Aviva Stadium.

"We always knew it was going to come to an end. It was decade and he has been fantastic. At this particular juncture we are strong enough to stand on our own two feet."

O'Neill and Keane recently agreed a new deal to take the duo up to Euro 2020, after the pair almost moved to Premier League side Stoke following Ireland's heavy World Cup playoff defeat to Denmark.

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