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Old 10-12-2019, 01:51 PM
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yep.. they need their most senior people at a series of very important meetings. By the time the PAC are done with their silly questions these business gurus will have a plan to turn a €57m deficit into a secure future for football in ireland.

Phew, we are lucky to have this kind of dedication when its needed. The same lads that sat there and watched John-Boy take the FAI and turn it into his personal bank will now rescue it from the embers, using the same business nous thats brought us the Vantage Club, the Sports Direct deal, and the new Vice Exec position that was so badly needed.

The silverback is dead, long live the chimpanzees
Unbelievable that even now they won't play ball with the Oireachtas committee.
Best of luck getting yere funding reinstated lads.
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Old 10-12-2019, 01:56 PM
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yep.. they need their most senior people at a series of very important meetings. By the time the PAC are done with their silly questions these business gurus will have a plan to turn a €57m deficit into a secure future for football in ireland.

Phew, we are lucky to have this kind of dedication when its needed. The same lads that sat there and watched John-Boy take the FAI and turn it into his personal bank will now rescue it from the embers, using the same business nous thats brought us the Vantage Club, the Sports Direct deal, and the new Vice Exec position that was so badly needed.

The silverback is dead, long live the chimpanzees
Some of these situations are a bit like the Jimmy Saville syndrome.
He (Johnny Boy) was so powerful and had so much influence, no one would question or challenge him. All the grants and funding he did made him a folk hero. An example of his influence is Healy-Rea saying he would give him the 'mother of all welcomes should he come down the road to Kerry!'
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:19 PM
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Some of these situations are a bit like the Jimmy Saville syndrome.
He (Johnny Boy) was so powerful and had so much influence, no one would question or challenge him. All the grants and funding he did made him a folk hero. An example of his influence is Healy-Rea saying he would give him the 'mother of all welcomes should he come down the road to Kerry!'
Similar to the hold frank had over some delegates,
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:34 PM
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Similar to the hold frank had over some delegates,
100 percent
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Old 10-12-2019, 02:50 PM
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In comments to Virgin Media News' Richard Chambers, Minister Ross outlined the strategy in regards to funding an organisation he termed as a "financial basket case" in the wake of the debt figure revealed last Friday.

"The principles are quite clear. We don't trust the FAI - we don't trust them with the money," he said.

"We've withdrawn funding from them and we're not going to give them any government money or tax-payers money.

"But what we are going to ensure though is that we set up a channel. And we did that with the women's international group as well.

"And that was done with BDO. We're going to pay money to an intermediary who are then going to pay it out. And that's the model that's going to work and who are then going to pay it out to the sports programmes and to the people involved.
Yet these same people are still drawing down a tasty salary
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Old 10-12-2019, 03:19 PM
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Former Leinster Senior League player
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raises the "obvious incompetence, mismanagement, obscene salaries" at the FAI; "the dogs on the street knew there was something rotten" - cites a Varadkar email when, as relevant minister, he refuted need for any internal inquiry

Varadkar's sole reply is that "the Government doesn't have powers of investigation when it comes to matters such as this; the Gardaí do" and that's why they're now investigating the findings of the Kosi report
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Old 10-12-2019, 11:21 PM
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Dunphy on The Today Show trying to discuss the FAI saga... what’s the point of the fella at this stage?
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Old 11-12-2019, 09:09 AM
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Dunphy on The Today Show trying to discuss the FAI saga... what’s the point of the fella at this stage?
He seemed very reluctant to fully put the boot into the FAI on the show..or am I picking that up wrong.

Anyways the 3 amigos who signed off on Delaney financial package without the board knowing..which I really dont believe need investigating..the company secretary and the chairman.
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Old 11-12-2019, 01:04 PM
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Daniel McDonnell

December 10 2019 21:50 PM


The gut feeling ahead of the proposed day in the Dáil for the FAI was that it was the right idea at the wrong time.

Still, pulling out of the event is a bad look.

With Sport Ireland and Shane Ross not coming in until next week, we were likely facing into a repeat of last Friday’s press conference at FAI HQ but with a different set of characters asking the questions.

From previous experience of the Oireachtas Committee, we know that some would have pushed boundaries in a probing manner.

Others would wasted time by going in search of their own headlines.

Nevertheless, it’s damaging for the FAI that they will now be perceived to be running away from a grilling.

The cloud can have a silver lining.

It would be much more beneficial to bring the Abbotstown hierarchy in when more water has passed under the bridge. If Wednesday’s event had gone ahead, there was the likelihood of questions being fudged due to the legal status of the KOSI report and the fact the Mazars report is to be finalised. When they do return, there should be no excuses - and these are five questions that they need to answer.

What happened in the lead-up to John Delaney’s last visit?

It was April 10 when Delaney, the newly titled Executive Vice President, turned up along with Donal Conway, selected FAI board members and management staff, and his own personal legal representation.

There remains a need to establish details in the build-up to that event, specifically around the Euro 2020 qualifier in Gibraltar.

We have yet to find out who sanctioned the press release that initially stated that all board members were aware of the €100,000 loan Delaney gave his employers in 2017.

We must also establish if the FAI hierarchy felt Delaney was close to leaving around the game with Gibraltar – well placed sources say that opinion did exist – and if they think agreement could have been reached earlier than September, thus saving the FAI the 'gardening leave' wages that preceded the eventual €462,000 settlement.

Sport Ireland should be canvassed on this, too.

Why should the staff and public be confident in FAI senior management from the Delaney era?

The strong suggestion John Earley will be stepping away means that the board clear-out is complete and not before time. But the story of the FAI’s implosion goes beyond the board.

An important point that has been raised in football circles over the past week is the drain of talent from the FAI over the past decade and the thinning out of senior management staff.

Indeed, it can be argued that those individuals who lasted the course must now face questions about their effectiveness.

This is certainly a bone of contention amongst lower-paid FAI staff members, who feel there’s a leadership void.

Bringing in four independent directors onto the board is not going to address the day to day picture.

We need to hear more from Rea Walshe, the chief operating officer who previous headed up corporate affairs and licensing, as well as the longer-serving faces that held positions of authority along the way.

That extends to consultants and advisors. Declan Conroy is currently co-ordinating the FAI’s Euro 2020 project on behalf of UEFA.

But the business consultant has a relationship with the FAI that stretches back to the start of Delaney’s appointment as CEO.

He served as the FAI's Director of Strategy for two years, headed up bids for major events and was also commissioned for an independent review of the League of Ireland.

What was the FAI policy on legal bills under the previous CEO?

The supposed detail of the KOSI audit has come out in dribs and drabs and the Sunday Independent reported that the FAI had covered the cost of Delaney's personal legal actions.

This needs to be explored in more depth.

Was the Aviva Stadium worth it?

Before his exit, Delaney indicated this would be answered in due course. But the FAI must lay out the full costs of securing their own home in terms of the capital expenditure, interest payments and accompanying costs, and the legacy debt.

Leading figures at UEFA think the FAI should sell their stake. Pride prevented the previous administration from admitting errors.

What is the FAI’s financial position with UEFA?

This needs to be laid out in more detail. UEFA is believed to have provided €15m in advance funding but more will be required and the terms and conditions of these arrangements are vital.

UEFA’s TV deal from 2022 to 2028 is set to be worth €60m to the FAI. The FAI are looking at a refinancing package that gets them to 2023.

But where do they stand long-term if they have already eaten into future earnings that are supposed to make smaller associations secure?
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Old 11-12-2019, 11:32 PM
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Have heard that there is likely to be more significant revelations to come!!
Don't hold yer breath but he may get a day in court yet.
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