Niall Quinn appointed as deputy CEO of the FAI

Dublin , Ireland – 12 April 2019; Niall Quinn, centre, and Graham Kavanagh of Republic of Ireland XI, applaud the fans following the Sean Cox Fundraiser match between the Republic of Ireland XI and Liverpool FC Legends at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin. (Photo By Sam Barnes/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Former Republic of ireland striker Niall Quinn has been appointed deputy chief executive of the Football Association of ireland.

Quinn, who ruled himself out of the role of chief executive, had said he would be open toa task in helping out the organisation after his associate Roy Barrett was appointed as Independent Chairman of the FAI Board.

Last year Barrett was a part of Quinn’s visionary group that came together to seem at future structures for the League of Ireland

Also a member of that Visionary Group was Gary Owens, who earlier in the week was named the new interim chief executive of the FAI.

A statement released by the FAI read: “In addressing the present challenges facing the FAI, the executive team want to confirm that the organisation’s core objective of the promotion and development of the sport of football in Ireland is prioritised.

“Niall’s role with the team will concentrate on leading a future League of ireland strategy, the general development of the sport in Ireland, including supporting grassroots and community initiatives along side our player pathway programmes.

“Niall also will specialise in helping restoring and building key relationships and trust with key peer groups and the media.”

Owens added: “We are really pleased that somebody of Niall’s calibre is joining the team.

“Football is such a crucial game in this country at every level.

“Niall not only brings great insight and knowledge to developing the sport but is hooked in to football in Ireland – his energy and commitment may be a great fit the FAI as we start reform of the organisation and appearance to make a far better future for football in Ireland.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross also welcomed the appointment.

“Niall features a long association with Irish football and over the past year he has demonstrated very clearly his strong desire to see a vibrant body emerge for the great Irish game,” he said.

“His passion for fair play, his independence and his integrity are widely known and admired.”

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