Niall Quinn has confirmed that he is to step away from his role as interim Deputy CEO of the FAI.
The decision was expected after he spoke recently about not being certain of what his role might be in the future.
He came on board at the same time as Gary Owens at the start of the year. Owens announced his departure last week.
Quinn’s principal legacy will be to have communicated the need for reform, passed successfully at last week’s Extraordinary General Meeting, and to have helped in getting the SSE Airtricity League back up and running post lockdown.
His advocacy of the streaming service that has become WatchLOI could yet prove to be a real winner for the game.
“I have really enjoyed my time working with the talented and dedicated staff in Abbottstown and I now have a better understanding of just how much great work they do for Irish football, often unheralded and seemingly always amidst a cloud of job uncertainty,” he told FAI.ie.
“When I joined the Association with Gary back at the end of January, we wanted to protect jobs and help implement real structural change within the FAI for the betterment of the Irish game.”
“With the successful vote for change at last Monday’s EGM and the completed restructuring of day to day roles in HQ, the game can now look forward to a more productive future.”
“Even though these changes were met with resistance by a small minority of constituents, the way is now clear for a new incoming CEO to drive football forward again.”
“I will remain close to Irish football and I wish all of my colleagues the very best of luck in the coming weeks and months as more important changes are implemented to make our game and our association strong again.”
“I will remain available to the FAI, as required until the new CEO is in situ.”
We would not be surprised if there was a role for Quinn in some capacity whether executive or non-executive in the developing media world around the game, beyond his ongoing role alongside Brian Kerr and Tommy Martin as part of Virgin Media’s coverage of the game.