Forlorn FAI Left In Limbo Following Fresh Blow

John Foley - Credit: Athletics Ireland

The man that was due to take up the role of interim CEO at the FAI has turned down the position.

John Foley, former Chief Executive of Athletics Ireland, was due to succeed Noel Mooney at the Football Association HQ in Abboststown this morning, before an abrupt about turn.

In a statement issued this morning, the FAI says the board notes with ‘great regret’ John Foley’s decision not to accept the role of Interim CEO.

The organisation has been in crisis since details of a €100,000 ‘bridging’ loan from its former Chief Executive John Delaney emerged.

Funding from Sport Ireland has been suspended for a number of months.

The FAI says throughout its dealings with John, his suitability for the role was beyond question and the level of professionalism and clarity he could bring to the association would have been invaluable.

It says John’s experience and influence will be especially missed by the staff who would have benefited greatly from his arrival. The Board of the FAI will meet shortly to discuss the next steps.