League of Ireland progression "is not going at the pace that I would like"

The FAI's CEO John Delaney hopes to see the League make "real progress"

BY Daniel Kelly 09:41 Thursday 14 July 2016, 9:41 14 Jul 2016

FAI CEO John Delaney Mandatory Credit ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

The Conroy Report is almost a year old, and FAI CEO John Delaney has admitted that the report's implementations have not been as quick as he hoped.

Delaney was speaking on Wednesday afternoon when Sport Ireland announced a new round of funding for field sports in Ireland. The FAI received more than €2million.

"It's (Conroy Report) not going at the pace that I would like", Delaney told the Irish Independent. "It's not, no". 

Delaney added that he hoped to see progress on the report's implementation in the coming weeks. "There are regular meetings between the clubs and the association. I'm due to sit down with Michael Cush (barrister) the week before the AGM and I think we'll see real progress after that meeting."

"Initially we said, 'Let's take our time to make sure everybody's on board', that rather than rushing the report, the recommendations when properly assessed do give a next step and a pathway for the League."

"The League matters, it's very important to the association and to me and it's hugely important to the progress of our game but there's a collectiveness about it."

The CEO also added that he hopes the clubs at all levels will be able to come together and accept and implement the changes.

"I want the clubs, as well as the association, to take the next step together rather than relying on one individual partner just to do it."

"The aim would be to do that (revamp the League) but, again, we've asked the clubs to come back with their own recommendations as to what that would be."

The FAI's AGM takes place in Nenagh, County Tipperary on July 30th.


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