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John Delaney stepping down as FAI chief executive

John Delaney’s long tenure as the chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland has ended. The chief executive of 13 years was moved to a new position Saturday following an extensive review of the FAI’s senior management team. The announcement came after the Republic Ireland’s 1-0 win at Gibraltar in Euro 2020 qualifying.

The news comes one week after it was revealed Delaney had provided the FAI with a “bridging loan” in 2017.

“The Board of the Football Association of Ireland has adopted a review of its senior management structure that will see chief executive officer John Delaney move to a new position of executive vice-president with immediate effect,” said a statement from the FAI. Delaney’s new role, according to the statement, includes “all Fifa and Uefa matters” as well as “all FAI tournament bidding projects”.

Chief operating officer Rea Walshe has been appointed to the role of interim chief executive, while the search of a permanent replacement begins.