The FAI has not been alone in the past year in terms of problems with leadership. Since Richard Scudamore stepped down as CEO of the Premier League in England there has been a long, long search for his successor.
Susanna Dinnage was appointed to the role from her position within the Discovery media group a full thirteen months ago but withdrew before taking up the role.
The League went back to the media for its next attempt with David Pemsel leaving the Guardian to take the job. He fell foul of stories about his private life and similarly stepped away without having sat at the desk.
Now the organisation has decided to trust in Richard Masters who has been acting in the role throughout and will therefore not have the same problems in finding the elevator to the top floor of British football.
“Richard took on the role of Interim Chief Executive a year ago,” said Bruce Buck of Chelsea and Chair of the nominating committee. “Since then, the clubs have seen Richard rise to the occasion, dealing with our various stakeholders and partners with aplomb and skill.”
“As Interim Chief Executive, he has faced challenges head-on and has proved himself. The clubs believe that this is the right appointment now in the long-term interests of the Premier League.”
“I feel privileged to be given the opportunity to lead the Premier League in what will be one of the most exciting stages of its development,” said Masters yesterday.
“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the clubs and our partners and other stakeholders over the past year. This is one of the most incredible jobs in the world of sport and I now look forward to leading the League in the many opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.”
Masters joined the Premier League as Director of Sales and Marketing in 2006 and was promoted to Managing Director in July 2015.
Prior to that, he was Commercial Director at the English Football League and before that he worked for the England and Wales Cricket Board.
The Premier League Nominations Committee will now look to appoint a non-executive Chair promptly in the new year.