John Delaney stepped down as FAI CEO

John Delaney is stepping down as Chief Executive of the FAI with immediate effect.

The Board of the Association has adopted a review of its senior management structure that will see John Delaney move to a new position of Executive Vice-President with immediate effect.

Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe has been appointed to the role of Interim CEO by the Board as the recruitment process begins for a new Chief Executive Officer.


The decision to step aside comes amid controversy around a €100,000 bridging loan which John Delaney provided to the association in 2017 which was repaid to Mr Delaney within a matter of weeks.

Jonathan Hall Associates was engaged to review senior management structures in the FAI and the role of CEO as the Association plans for the launch of a new strategic report for the period 2020-2024 .

The report recommends that the FAI considers creating a new role of Executive Vice-President and starts the process of appointing a new Chief Executive Officer.

The report states: “The new role of Executive Vice-President would be a specific defined role with responsibility for a range of international matters and special projects on behalf of the FAI.

It is envisaged that the current CEO would step into this new role. This would allow Irish football to continue to benefit from his extensive football experience and contacts across Europe and the rest of the world.”

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