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UEFA’s Noel Mooney Returns To The FAI In Temporary Role

Noel Mooney

The FAI have confirmed this evening that Noel Mooney will take up a role within the association as General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships. 

Mooney is currently UEFA’s Head of National Association Business Development and he will commence his secondment on June 3.

Initially, his role will be to assess the FAI’s requirements and to coordinate future support and expertise in finance and other areas from UEFA and FIFA.

Mooney will be in this role for six months before he returns to UEFA and the association also confirmed that interim CEO Rea Walshe will now take up the role of Chief Operating Officer where she will continue to lead the process of governance and reform.

Noel Mooney

Under this new interim arrangement, neither Mooney or Walshe will be members of the Board.

FAI President Donal Conway said: “UEFA’s advice and support will be very important to the FAI as will Noel Mooney’s UEFA experience and knowledge. Noel Mooney will also play a key role in our engagements with all of our stakeholders as we deliver change for Irish football.”

Noel Mooney said: “Working with all of our stakeholders, I am confident Irish football will emerge stronger and better over the next few months as we listen to the voices of those who want the game to succeed and are determined to deliver the radical reform required for Irish football.

“In my time with UEFA I have led teams across Europe developing football in many countries. Returning home to help the FAI with its challenges is something I will embrace as we deliver change with our highly committed staff and all our leagues, clubs and partners.”

Limerick native Mooney was originally brought into the association by John Delaney in 2006 as national club promotions officer. Six years later, he landed a job in UEFA in the marketing department before his recent role of Head of National Association Business Development.

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