Less than a year ago, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) was widely regarded as the sick man of the Irish sporting establishment.
It was beset by internal strife, churning out chief executives at a dizzying rate, and dealing with one crisis after another. It was warring with the government over institutional reforms, and even suffered the ignominy of having its Irish Sports Council grant withheld.
The subsequent rehabilitation process has been forthright and very...
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