FAI appoints new CEO to steer troubled association through stormy waters
The crisis-hit FAI has turned to former newspaper executive Paul Cooke to lead the association, just one day after John Foley dramatically announced he would not be taking up the reins as interim CEO.
Mr Foley had been lined up to take over from Noel Mooney, who has returned to his position with UEFA after completing a six-month secondment with the FAI.
Mr Cooke was elected vice president of the FAI at the AGM last July.
The Waterford man now effectively steps into the role of interim CEO. He will be given the task of leading the crisis-hit FAI, which has been mired in controversy since John Delaney was forced to resign over financial irregularities.
During Mr Delaney’s term as the FAI’s CEO, the organisation rented a €3k per month property in Kilmacanogue which at the time belonged to TV star Grainne Seoige.
Mr Delaney has since moved to a five-bedreoom, €868k house in Aughrim in the south of Wicklow.