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Brian Kerr Played A Blinder While Ripping The FAI On Soccer Republic

Brian Kerr Played A Blinder While Ripping The FAI On Soccer Republic

Before Brian Kerr even spoke on Soccer Republic last night, you could tell that he was angry.

As FAI Director of Competitions Fran Gavin explained to Tony O'Donoghue the rationale for the €5,000 grant to each League of Ireland club, Kerr sat shaking his head in disbelief.

The €5,000 grant is intended to go towards a strategic business plan for each club. The grants were rejected by both Derry City and St. Pat's last week. The latter via a statement which asserted the FAI had 'utterly failed in its responsibility to the domestic game'.

Kerr called the total sum - €100,000 - which the FAI is giving to League of Ireland clubs 'a pittance'.

Surely the €100,000 (combined FAI funding for the plan) should be put to promote the league, develop the commercial side and develop the profile of the league.

The 100k is a pittance in terms of the money the FAI are getting in.

We don't have any dedicated people involved in running the league.

Your role [Fran Gavin] as director of the league is no longer director of the league - you're involved in the cup competitions on all levels.

Kerr's anger regarding the FAI's treatment of the league was palpable as he spoke about the poor facilities at many clubs.

The frustrations levels across the league are remarkable - I'm talking about the facilities, the facilities for female supporters, the pitches, the dressing rooms are desperate.

All around the country there are ferociously bad facilities and nothing has been done about it for years and years.

Talking about strategic planning now for five years is a load of bunkum.

The 100k is a pittance in terms of the money the FAI are getting in.

Where is the leadership in the FAI in relation to the league?

They are all a fuss about Dundalk this week. Why wasn't there all this fuss about the league before the season started?

People don't even know when the fixtures are on.

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It was an appearance from Kerr which got plenty of love.

You can watch Kerr debate Fran Gavin below.

PJ Browne
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