RTÉ Soccer pundit Richie Sadlier believes that the FAI need to provide clarity on why John Delaney stepped down from his role of Chief Executive and was appointed to the new role of Executive Vice-President.

The news of Delaney’s move broke after the Republic of Ireland’s in over Gibraltar in the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign.

"I think we need details on why all of this change happened," Sadlier told RTÉ Sport.

"We need to know exactly why this was decided, the specific reasons for why John Delaney was removed from his role as CEO, what qualities did he not have, who made the decision and what is he supposed to bring to his new role."

The decision to step aside comes amid controversy around a €100,000 bridging loan which Delaney provided to the association in 2017. The loan was repaid to him within a matter of weeks but since these revelations surfaced last week the spotlight has been shining on Delaney.

 "He is no longer on the board so what does that mean for his appearance in front of the Oireachtas committee scheduled for next month.

"I think after the revelations in the Sunday Times last week it is reasonable to expect him to be in front of that committee to answer questions that need to be answered.

"I don’t think it would be acceptable for the committee to meet with a delegation from the FAI that didn’t include John Delaney. I hope the change in roles doesn't mean the Irish public don't get to hear directly from him."

The statement released by the FAI on Saturday evening stated that Delaney would not be part of the board.

It said: "The Board of the Football Association of Ireland is happy to meet with the Department to discuss these changes and would also welcome the opportunity to update Sport Ireland and the Oireachtas Committee on Sport on our new senior management structure."

The current Chief Operating Officer at the FAI, Rea Walsh, will act as interim CEO starting on Monday.