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Niall Quinn set to leave after less than a year in FAI role

Niall Quinn praised the work of his colleagues within the FAI yesterday as he prepares to leave his role

Niall Quinn has confirmed he will walk away from the FAI after holding the role of Deputy Interim CEO of the Association since the start of the year.

Although the former Republic of Ireland striker was technically out of contract he remained in post until last week's EGM.

Quinn was brought in to help re-shaped FAI and its structures and was instrumental in negotiating a financial package with the Irish government and UEFA after the mess the Association was left in during John Delaney's time at the helm.

Quinn's objective was to mend relationships between all the stakeholders in local football but the in-fighting continued within the FAI while he was also criticised by St Patrick's Athletic for his performance in the role.

But once Interim CEO Gary Owens declared he was not putting his hat in the ring for the permanent post it was inevitable Quinn would depart too.

With the path ahead no clearer for the FAI, Quinn claimed that the Association was in a better state despite some dissent.

Quinn said: “I have really enjoyed my time working with the talented and dedicated staff in Abbottstown and I now have a better understanding of just how much great work they do for Irish football, often unheralded and seemingly always amidst a cloud of job uncertainty.

“When I joined the Association with Gary back at the end of January, we wanted to protect jobs and help implement real structural change within the FAI for the betterment of the Irish game. With the successful vote for change at last Monday's EGM and the completed restructuring of day to day roles in HQ, the game can now look forward to a more productive future."

Quinn noted: “Even though these changes were met with resistance by a small minority of constituents, the way is now clear for a new incoming CEO to drive football forward again. I will remain close to Irish football and I wish all of my colleagues the very best of luck in the coming weeks and months as more important changes are implemented to make our game and our association strong again. I will remain available to the FAI, as required, until the new CEO is in situ.”

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