August 4, 2021
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FAI plunges deeper into crisis as former Waterford Crystal CEO turns down top job

The former  boss of Waterford Crystal and Athletics Ireland has plunged the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) deeper into crisis by deciding not to take up the role of Chief Executive on an interim basis despite previously agreeing to.

Mr Foley, who was CEO at Waterford Crystal between 200 and 2008, had agreed to take over as interim CEO from Noel Mooney, who stepped down over the weekend.

Foley was due to take up the position this morning but at the 11th hour decided against it, leaving the FAI without a person in charge, further deepening the crisis in the beleaguered organisation.

He put the decision to step away down to the fact he did not fell he had the full support of all FAI stakeholders.

In a statement, Foley said: “I was approached by the FAI and was pleased to consider bringing my experience in business and sport to the Association for a short period as Interim CEO, while a permanent CEO is being recruited.

“I had a number of meetings and discussions with FAI representatives over the past number of weeks and was happy to help the organisation face the challenges ahead.

“I believe there will be a need for leadership particularly for the staff in what will be a challenging time for all. The most critical issues for the Association over the coming months will be strong leadership, organisational change and financial stability.

“I also know that the FAI has a wide range of key stakeholders who contribute to the running of the game and the financial well-being of the Association and that the full support of these stakeholders is vital.

“Ultimately, it was not clear that the support for my appointment across key stakeholders was at the level required for me to succeed on delivering on the huge challenges to be faced by the Association in the coming months.

“Therefore, I have decided not to take up the role of Interim CEO. I wish the staff, board, volunteers and players at all levels every best wish for the future.”



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