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FAI Confirm John Delaney To Step Down As FAI Chief Executive

FAI Chief Executive John Delaney is to step down from his role within the organisation with immediate effect.

Delaney will assume a different role within the organisation following his resignation as Chief Executive, becoming the Executive Vice President with responsibilities for UEFA and FIFA matters.

The FAI confirmed the news via a lengthy statement in which they outlined that Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe would be assuming the role of interim CEO after being appointed by the board.

Delaney had been embroiled in a recent controversy over a bridging loan of €100,000 which he gave to the FAI in April of 2017.

In the statement Delaney himself said;

“It has been my absolute pleasure and privilege to have served the Football Association of Ireland as CEO since 2005 and I would like to thank all the staff and everyone involved in Irish football for their support and assistance in that time.

“This new role is one that really excites me. For some months now, I have been talking to President Donal Conway, the Board and members of our senior management team about redefining the most senior management roles at the Association.


The statement also outlined what exactly Delaney will be doing in his new role of Executive Vice-President, which has been created for him.

“The responsibilities of the new Executive Vice-President include all FIFA and UEFA matters including membership of the UEFA Executive Committee, all FAI tournament bidding projects, international relations and support, the John Giles Foundation, membership of the Board of the Aviva Stadium, planning for the centenary of the FAI and the 50th anniversary of women’s football in Ireland in 2023 and a bid to host the UEFA Women’s Champions League final in Dublin.”

According to the statement, the changes in structure come as a result of a recent report which “recommends that the FAI considers creating a new role of Executive Vice-President and starts the process of appointing a new Chief Executive Officer in order to put itself in the best position possible for the strategic period ahead.”

UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying Round Group D, Victoria Stadium, Gibraltar 23/3/2019
Gibraltar vs Republic of Ireland
FAI Chief Executive John Delaney during the game
Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/James Crombie

In his new role, Delaney will still be able to “represent Ireland at UEFA level”  in his role on the executive committee a position he was elected to in 2017.

Delaney had spent 14 years as Chief Executive of the FAI.

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

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