Former Republic of Ireland star, Niall Quinn, has strongly dismissed rumours that he will replace John Delaney as chief executive of the FAI.
Delaney stepped down after Ireland’s win over Gibraltar in their Euro 2020 qualifying clash on Saturday following the controversy over an alleged €100,000 loan to the association.
He was subsequently appointed as the Executive Vice-President of the FAI.
Quinn was tipped to succeed Delaney in the post but speaking on Virgin Media One’s coverage of England’s qualifier against Montenegro, the 52-year-old strongly criticised the board for their actions taken while firmly ruling himself out of the job.
“Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job given the current remit of where this job sits.
"Under absolutely no circumstances will I be applying for the job."
"Anybody going in there will have a shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn't departed at all"
— Virgin Media Sport (@VMSportIE) March 25, 2019
“I don’t think it reads as a CEO role at all, I think it reads as half a CEO role and anybody going in there will have a huge shadow over them because the departing CEO hasn’t departed at all and it would make life very, very difficult.
“Quite frankly, I think it’s a little bit of a charade given the scrutiny that was in place over the last week, the rush of the appointment.
“The unanimous decision of the board to tell us all late on a Saturday night, in the middle of some serious scrutiny of the CEO at the time, that this was best for the association and a great move. We’re not buying it, I’m not buying and I think it’s an ill-conceived decision that needs to be looked at again”.