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10 questions that the FAI need to answer after John Delaney leaves CEO role


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After a chaotic fortnight for the FAI, John Delaney last night stood down from his role as Chief Executive Officer of the organisation after his appointment to the role in 2005.

The FAI released a statement last night where it was revealed the decision was taken after a 'review of the senior management structure' by Jonathan Hall Associates, a sports consultancy based in England.

Rea Walshe has been put in place as interim CEO, while Delaney moves to the role of Executive Vice-President with 'responsibility for a range of international matters and special projects on behalf of the FAI'.

The former CEO was supposedly recommended for the role so that the FAI can 'benefit from his extensive football experience and contacts across Europe and the rest of the world.'

But there are questions lingering over Delaney's move, and the surrounding issues of the €100,000 'bridging loan' that he provided to the organisation in April 2017.

Below are the ten most pressing questions from the events of the past two weeks:

 

1. Why did John Delaney supply the FAI with a €100,000 'bridging loan'?

2. Why was the decision taken to apply for an injunction on the publication of a Sunday Times story revealing the loan?

3. What were the 'cash flow' issues that prompted Delaney to provide the loan to the organisation?

4. Were these issues resolved - if so, how?

5. When was the 'review of the senior management structure' initiated, and when were its findings published to the FAI?

6. When was the decision taken for John Delaney to step down as CEO of the FAI?

7. Was the new role of Executive Vice-President advertised externally?

8. Who was in charge of the appointment of the Executive Vice-President position?

9. Will the interim CEO be paid the same salary as the previous CEO?

10. Who will appear as representatives of the FAI at the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport when the date is set do so?

Will the CEO have power to direct the purview of the Executive Vice-President role?

 

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