Two of the most notable figures relating to Irish football gave their take on today’s appearance by members of the FAI in front of the Oireachtas Committee on Tourism, Transport, and Sport.
It was a cagey affair that saw many questions left unanswered and in an appearance on his Virgin Media Sports panel ahead of tonight’s Champions League action, former Irish striker Niall Quinn was the first to give his take on proceedings.
“It was very, very disappointing. I believe that the association had an opportunity to reach out to the people, to say: “Hey, listen, this is what happened. We want to get to the bottom of this ourselves, it was one of those times, but we’re doing good stuff. We’re looking for your support in.”
“But what happened after putting in a typical John Delaney intro about how well things are and how much he wants to be applauded for doing the right thing for the association – to stonewall it then legally…
“I saw a few comments saying he ‘parked the bus’, a football term. But seriously, that was poor.
“I thought he had more in him than that.”
“After 92 caps for my country, today for the first time in my life, I was truly embarrassed of my association.
“It was like watching The Sopranos, The Untouchables.”
"I thought he (John Delaney), had more in him than that."
"After 92 caps for my country, today for the first time in my life, I was truly embarrassed of my association.
"It was like watching the Sopranos, the untouchables."
Niall Quinn on John Delaney & the FAI today. pic.twitter.com/11eZ7L2VPD
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) April 10, 2019
Taking things up from Quinn, Brian Kerr, the former manager of the national team, gave his take on the demeanour of those being questioned under the glare of the public eye today.
He too was not overly thrilled with what he saw.
“As Niall said, the FAI had the opportunity today to be open, transparent, and truthful. What we actually got was evasion, arrogance, dodging and weaving and I’d say, large dose of spoofology in the replies to the questions that were given.
“There seemed to be an intent to give as little information away as possible behind the various reports. The public wanted to see transparency. Those people today, in my book, were an embarrassment to football.”