Rescue plan for football would separate elite from grassroots

The FAI’s desperate financial crisis could see a new government-funded body administering football at community level in a plan that has the backing of Niall Quinn and Brian Kerr

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
15th December, 2019
Proponents of the separation of the elite and grassroots game acknowledge that the FAI will need to collapse in its current form for any meaningful change to take place. Picture: INPHO/Tommy Dickson

As the FAI looks for a route out of the crisis caused by John Delaney’s tenure, a group working to save Irish football has offered a Nama-like solution.

The proposal was devised by FAI staff members, player representatives, politicians and supporters while it has the backing of Niall Quinn and Brian Kerr. It envisages that the state should provide €10 million a year for a new body that would solely govern grassroots and...

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