The FAI have endured a turbulent period of time of late, with their critics seeming to grow more vocal and numberful in the past few months. The FAI have long been criticised for their treatment of the League of Ireland and its allocation of funding. These criticisms have grown strongly in the past few days following the revelation of an undocumented ‘bridging loan’ of €100,000 provided to the FAI by John Delaney. Earlier on today, while the Irish team struggled over the line after a poor first half performance against Gibraltar, rumours that the FAI had a massive announcement to make after the game began to swirl. The rumours didn’t go over the heads of the travelling support in Gibraltar who were heard singing “cheerio, cheerio, cheerio” and “John Delaneys going home” as the Delaney ducked out of his VIP seat early. His early departure from the game added further fuel to the talk of his impending departure.
Those rumours have now been confirmed, as John Delaney’s resignation from the FAI has been confirmed. The decision to step down comes a day after Fine Gael TD Noel Rock called on Delaney to resign, questioning Delaney’s high salary.
It has been announced that John Delaney will step down as CEO of the FAI but will remain on as Executive Vice President.
Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe has been appointed to replace Delaney as CEO on an interim basis. A full public procurement process will also be undertaken to assess Delaney’s time as CEO.
More to follow…