The FAI have ended a decade-long agreement with Denis O’Brien that had seen the businessman contribute to the national manager’s salary.
An agreement was struck between O’Brien and Irish football’s governing body upon the appointment of Giovanni Trapattoni to the helm in 2008, and was upheld when Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane replaced the Italians five years later.
Speaking to Off The Ball on Friday evening, FAI CEO John Delaney has confirmed that this agreement has now come to an end.
FAI CEO John Delaney has confirmed that the association’s decade long arrangement with businessman Denis O’Brien to help fund the Irish management team has come to an end. Delaney has told @offtheball the news had no impact on Martin O’Neill’s recent contract negotiations.
— Off The Ball (@offtheball) March 9, 2018
“Over the last ten years [O’Brien] has given funding of almost €10m.
“We always knew it was going to come to an end. At this particular juncture we are strong enough to stand on our own two feet.”
Delaney stressed that the end of the agreement had no bearing on the recent contract negotiations with O’Neill, which had seemingly dragged on for several months after being agreed in principle last October.
O’Neill has since signed that new contract extension, which keeps him in charge of the Boys in Green throughout the UEFA Nations League and Euro 2020 and campaign.