Friday 15 December 2017

Nations Cup cash row rumbles on

A spat over the distribution of money from the Carling Nations Cup continued yesterday as the FAI, IFA and Welsh FA released a joint statement criticising the Scottish FA for going to FIFA to resolve a dispute.

The Scottish FA believe they are owed €1.4m by the FAI and have taken the matter to world football's governing body. However, the FAI responded yesterday with a statement that was agreed with their counterparts in Belfast and Cardiff. They say that they are in on-going discussions with the Scots about reducing their share of the profits.

"The competition took place in Dublin in February and May this year and returned a profit derived from television rights, sponsorship and ticket sales," said the statement.

"The FAI, the IFA and the FAW have been in negotiations with the Scottish FA seeking a downward adjustment of their fee to give a more equitable share of the profits to each of the competing associations based on the economic climate and ticket sales generated at the tournament.

"It is disappointing that this matter has come into the public arena while the four associations are still trying to reach agreement.

"The FAI, IFA and FAW will not be making any further comment to give proper space for those discussions to take place."

Staunton not in frame

to take Dundalk reins

DUNDALK are moving closer to appointing a new manager, but former Ireland boss Steve Staunton is not believed in the running despite reports that he was to be interviewed for the post.

Dundalk have drawn up a three- man shortlist for the job, comprising former Ireland U-19 manager Sean McCaffrey, Darius Kierans, who was assistant manager last season, and former Bray supremo Eddie Gormley.

Yet they appear to be considering other options to replace Ian Foster, and speculation suggests they could make a surprise move for current Bray boss Pat Devlin.

UCD manager Martin Russell, meanwhile, is the 7/4 favourite to take over at Shamrock Rovers. Brian Kerr is second favourite at 11/2, with Derry boss Stephen Kenny on offer at 11/2 and Ireland U-19 supremo Paul Doolin, a former Rovers player, 6/1.

O'Neill in line for writers' award

DEPARTED Shamrock Rovers manager Michael O'Neill has been shortlisted for the Airtricity/Soccer Writers Association of Ireland Personality of the Year award.

Sligo Rovers boss Paul Cook is also in line the the award -- as are Cork City chief Thomas Dunne, Hoops defender Pat Sullivan, Sligo's playmaker Joseph Ndo and Derry City striker Eamonn Zayed.

Sligo, Derry and St Patrick's Athletic provide the candidates for the Goalkeeper of the Year award, with Brendan Clarke, Ger Doherty and Gary Rogers the respective candidates.

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