How John Delaney survived his turbulent week

Grassroots support has been key to former chief executive’s time at the FAI

John Delaney at the Euro 2020 launch in November 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

John Delaney at the Euro 2020 launch in November 2016. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

If anyone is really concerned that those in the upper echelons of the FAI are fretting over the widespread public criticism of the decision to give John Delaney the newly created post of executive vice chairman, fear not . . . there are signs that life is continuing as normal for the board and their recently removed chief executive.

At 6pm on Saturday, Delaney is due to be in Clounreask, Askeaton, Co Limerick where the headquarters of the local Desmond League is to be named Mick Hanley Park. Hanley, for the uninitiated, is a 76-year-old veteran of the league’s administration, 37 years its chairman, and since March 2017, a member of the FAI’s board of directors.

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