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John Delaney

Posted: Sat Sep 28, 2019 11:43 pm
by Wexford White
Bye bye, John.
I presume you have been well looked after by the FAI. Or should we have a whip around? Wouldn't like to see you in need.

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 10:13 am
by Ezeikial
No details of the payoff given.

Arrest and prosecution seems more appropriate to me

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 11:40 am
by Pepsi
Am sure he will get more than the LOI Champions for his pain. The timing, style and way this happened shows the FAI have not changed one bit. So much for transparency........still hiding behind NDAs and so on.

On another note...didnt JD say he was looking after his own pension as justification for his high salary??? Why are they paying it in his severence all stinks.

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 1:50 pm
by Ezeikial
The details should be made public

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 2:43 pm
by Pepsi

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Sep 29, 2019 3:24 pm
by 0rl
He's been there a long time so will he be having a testimonial now that he's off? :-D

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:54 pm
by Wexford White
So tomorrow the FAI accounts will finally be released (or maybe they escaped). The only thing we know for sure is that some innocent employees are going to lose their jobs.
We have seen theft and mismanagement on a gigantic scale. I am not a vindictive man but I really hope that justice is served upon those who have ruined the game I love.
How will Irish football recover from this?

Re: John Delaney

Posted: Sun Mar 15, 2020 7:40 pm
by Ezeikial
The Times article confirms that Dundalk FC looking for their Euro money triggered John Delaney writing the infmaous €100,000 personal cheque
John Delaney ducked Mazars probe into FAI finances

The former FAI chief executive John Delaney refused to be interviewed by an official inquiry into the finances at the association, which has now delivered its preliminary findings.

The report, by the accountancy firm Mazars, was commissioned by the FAI in March 2019, as an “independent and in-depth external review”. When Delaney was sent on gardening leave the following month, it was on the basis that he would be “paid as normal, pending the independent investigation’s outcome, provided co-operation was ongoing”. Delaney, who was on a salary of €360,000 a year, left the association in September after negotiating a payoff.

Among the findings of the Mazars report is that financial issues in the FAI were precipitated by demands from Dundalk FC for hundreds of thousands of euros in Uefa prize money which had been withheld. Dundalk is believed to have been on the verge of issuing a public statement about the money. This prompted Delaney to write a €100,000 cheque to the football body, allowing payments to Dundalk to be made without the FAI exceeding its €1.5m overdraft.

“The investigation found that the association drawdown of the €100,000 cheque advanced by the former chief executive was primarily triggered by the need to meet a payment request from Dundalk FC,” the report says. The existence of the €100,000 cheque, written by Delaney in April 2017, was revealed in The Sunday Times last March.

The Mazars report says: “The investigation found no evidence that the transaction was disclosed by the former chief to the financial committee or the financial audit committee in 2017 or at any time prior to the publication of the media reports appearing in March 2019. As the former chief did not attend for interview, the investigators were unable to question him regarding this transaction.”

At one point Dundalk was owed about €2.2m in prize money after participating in the group stages of the Europa League. The money was channelled from Uefa through the FAI.

Michael Cody, 80, the former FAI honorary secretary, did not speak to Mazars, which ran its investigation in tandem with those by the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement (ODCE) and the Sport Ireland-commissioned Kosi report. Cody’s solicitor, Cahir O’Higgins, said last Friday that there had been a risk of endangering a prejudice to the ODCE investigation.

“Mr Cody received an invitation to attend a meeting with Mazars the day after the meeting was scheduled to take place, in a letter that was dated a couple of weeks before the stamp date on the envelope. Subsequent to that, my office had been liaising with Mazars to arrange an alternative appointment,” he said.

“The work of Kosi and the ODCE then took primacy and Mazars were no longer overly relevant.”

Delaney did not respond to requests for comment yesterday. ... -ms6f9mg8j