UEFA's Noel Mooney has been given a temporary role within the FAI, as they attempt to overcome their current difficult period. He has been appointed 'General Manager for Football Services and Partnerships', as the Association undergoes a restructuring to its hierarchy.
Mooney had been working with UEFA as Head of National Association Business Development, but they have agreed to allow him to work with the FAI on a temporary basis. He will hold the position from June 3rd until November 30th.
Interim CEO Rea Walsh will now become Chief Operating Officer, where she will 'continue to lead the process of Governance and Reform' according to the FAI.
Mooney's initial responsibilities will be to assess the FAI’s requirements and co-ordinate future support and expertise in finance and other areas from UEFA and FIFA.
FAI president Donal Conway explained the rationale behind Mooney being brought in from UEFA on a temporary basis:
UEFA’s advice and support will be very important to the FAI as will Noel Mooney’s UEFA experience and knowledge. Noel Mooney will also play a key role in our engagements with all of our stakeholders as we deliver change for Irish football.
After the confirmation of his appointment, Mooney had this to say:
Working with all of our stakeholders, I am confident Irish football will emerge stronger and better over the next few months as we listen to the voices of those who want the game to succeed and are determined to deliver the radical reform required for Irish football.
In my time with UEFA I have led teams across Europe developing football in many countries. Returning home to help the FAI with its challenges is something I will embrace as we deliver change with our highly committed staff and all our leagues, clubs and partners.
This is the latest restructuring that has taken place within the FAI following the various recent controversies surrounding their affairs.