Niall Quinn Confirms He's Leaving FAI Role

Niall Quinn Confirms He's Leaving FAI Role
By PJ Browne

Niall Quinn has announced that he will be stepping away from his role as deputy interim CEO of the FAI.

The former Ireland international has been in the position since January.

Interim CEO Gary Owens announced last week that he would not be putting himself forward for the job of permanent CEO.

Quinn wrote to his FAI colleagues to inform them of his decision.

"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," Quinn told the FAI.ie.

"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.

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"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."

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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