The FAI have confirmed that Vice-President Paul Cooke has been appointed the Executive Lead of the Association on a temporary basis following John Foley’s decision not to take the role of interim CEO on Monday.
Foley, who had been the Chief Executive of Athletics Ireland, was due to replace the outgoing Noel Mooney in the role, but chose not to take up his appointment at the last minute.
As first reported by the Irish Independent, it will be Cooke, who had been in the role of Vice-President since July’s AGM, who will now occupy the position.
Cooke will be based full-time in Abbotstown and will report to the chair of the board which is currently President of the FAI Donal Conway.
The FAI have been in search of a full-time CEO following the resignation earlier this year of John Delaney after The Sunday Times revealed that he had given a €100,000 bridging loan to the organisation.
Since his departure both Rea Walshe and Noel Mooney have taken up the role, like Cooke, on an interim basis, with Mooney’s period at the helm ending last weekend.
In a statement on their Twitter account, the FAI confirmed the news of Cooke’s appointment which will last a “couple of weeks” while the Association “awaits the appointment of an Independent Chairperson.”
“The Board of the FAI met on Monday night to discuss the interim CEO position in the wake of John Foley’s decision not to take on the role. The Board agreed that the most pressing matter is the appointment of the four Independent Directors and the Independent Chairperson.
“The Nominations Committee and the FAI have yet to be supplied with the names of the preferred candidates for the Independent Director roles.
“In the meantime, the Board has decided that vice-president Paul Cooke will act as the Executive Lead for the next couple of weeks as the FAI awaits the appointment of an Independent Chairperson.
“In the interim, Paul Cooke will be based in Abbotstown and will report directly to the chair of the Board, currently President Donal Conway, ahead of the appointment of the Independent Chair.”