Friday 20 September 2019

New name could help in rebuilding trust, says Quinn


Niall Quinn said we need to change the way football is run in this country
Niall Quinn said we need to change the way football is run in this country
Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

Former Ireland international Niall Quinn has proposed a renaming of the FAI under root-and-branch measures to reform the embattled association.

Quinn met with TDs, senators and members of the football community in Leinster House yesterday to outline a vision of change for the future of Irish football.

He welcomed news of the FAI board resigning but said it was "not a silver bullet" and further change was necessary.

He cited the Olympic Federation of Ireland, formerly the Olympic Council of Ireland, which underwent a series of changes following the fall-out from the Rio ticket controversy.

During the Leinster House meeting he said a name change could be considered. After the meeting Quinn explained further.

"I threw it out there because the Olympic Federation has just come into a really good place."

Quinn said reform of corporate structures and changing how football is run in Ireland is necessary for it to see long-term improvements.

He said the board stepping away provides an opportunity for more serious reform.

First, he wants people working abroad, or others who have stepped away from Irish football, to return and drive the game. He said he has already been in contact with people interested in filling key roles.

Quinn also wants to change how leagues are run and spoke about opening new avenues with Government to increase funding and support.

He said football could follow the example of the horse racing and greyhound industries - which benefit from State funding via the Department of Agriculture.

Quinn said football could lobby for similar funding. "We could do great things, starting with the league.

"The narrative now must change to rebuilding trust for all of the stakeholders. Football needs to do that right now. It is not as simple as removing the CEO and the board."

Irish Independent

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