Irish manager Mick McCarthy joked that new Executive Vice President of the FAI John Delaney would need a “wide door” for his new title, following the announcement of his reshuffle on Saturday.
In a lengthy statement following Ireland’s 1-0 win over Gibraltar, the FAI confirmed that Delaney would be stepping aside from his role as Chief Executive to become the new Executive Vice President of the organisation.
Delaney’s decision to step down from his previous role comes amidst the recent controversy over a bridging loan of €100,000 which he gave to the FAI in April of 2017.
“That’s going to be a hell of a title for his door isn’t it?, he’s going to need some wide door,” said McCarthy after Irish training when the subject of Delaney’s new role arose.
“I prefer ‘manager or coach’ on my door I can just slide in no bother at all.”
The news of Delaney’s reshuffle has been met with criticism by many in the Irish football fanbase, with rumours circulating about a potential protest over the corporate governance during tomorrow’s game against Georgia.
When quizzed about a potential protest, involving tennis balls being thrown on the pitch, McCarthy outlined that it “isn’t going to help” Ireland play “any better.”
“I’ve been at Charlton when people have done it. It’s not going to help us play any better. I hope they support us. If they want us to have the biggest chance of winning, support us.
“I might take a tennis racket with me.
“Do it somewhere else and another time.
“Unless it’s guaranteed that there’s going to be one, I’m not going to talk about one. I’m not going to talk about it again. We’re coming to play a game and that’s my issue.
“If we do, people will think a lot happier about us and the team. That’s all I want. The mood is great when the fans are behind us and that’s my job to get that back and that’s all I can influence.”
Ireland will be hoping that they can improve on the pitch when they take on Georgia at the Aviva Stadium in what will likely be a very tricky test for McCarthy’s men.
Georgia have never beaten the Boys in Green but they picked up their first draw against Ireland in their last meeting in Tbilisi just over a year and a half ago.
“I have to get as many points possible to qualify. How we get them is irrelevant to me. A good performance would make us all feel better.
“I’ll take a win whatever way it comes. Let’s hope we win.”