The FAI have identified their preferred candidate for the role of the independent chairperson of the organisation from a shortlist of three, Off The Ball understands.
In a letter to the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, FAI Chief Operating Officer Rea Walshe confirms that they have reviewed potential candidates and "have identified a preferred candidate for the position of the Independent Chairperson."
While the identity of the individual remains unknown, the FAI have confirmed that they are working from a shortlist of three candidates for the position.
The association confirm that the individual is "currently undertaking a thorough analysis of the issues and concerns within the FAI."
Further comment from Walshe and organisation expanded:
"The Nominations Committee has agreed to await the outcome of this exercise before completing its work.
"Following that meeting the Nominations Committee will make a recommendation to the Board on the appointment of the Independent Chair.
"The Nominations Committee has also identified three preferred candidates for the position of Independent Directors.
"The individuals identified are being afforded the opportunity to receive a briefing on current issues and concerns.
"The Nominations Committee will complete the process of nominating three Independent Directors once this briefing is concluded to their satisfaction and following that meeting, will make a recommendation to the Board.
"The Nominations Committee is aware of the urgency attached by some stakeholders to announcing the appointments.
"However, the Nominations Committee’s sole purpose is to discharge its responsibility to nominate a Chairperson and separately three independent Directors who individually and collectively possess the blend of skills, experience and independence that is best suited to the requirements of the FAI.
"The Nominations Committee has requested AMROP not to inform the FAI Board or any other stakeholder of the identity of any candidate in accordance with established best practice and also the expressed wishes of the individuals identified."