Former FAI CEO John Delaney has received the support of the four soccer Provincial Associations and Junior Council as pressure grows on him following recent revelations.

Delaney left his role as CEO with the FAI on Saturday amid controversy around a €100,000 bridging loan which he provided to the association in 2017.

He immediately assumed a different role within the Association, that of Executive Vice President with responsibility for all UEFA and FIFA matters including the proposed World Cup 2030 bid with the UK, the Under 21 Euro bid with Northern Ireland and matters pertaining to the Aviva Stadium from an FAI perspective.

The Sunday Times then reported that FAI had been paying rent on home for Delaney, leading to SIPTU members working for the association asking for an explanation of why they had pay cuts at a time that the organisation began paying rent for the then CEO.

However despite all this the heads of the Leinster FA, the Connacht FA, the Munster FA, the Ulster FA and the Junior Council released a joint statement, to thanks Delaney for his work as FAI CEO.

The statement read: "In light of recent events concerning former FAI CEO John Delaney, the four Provincial Associations and Junior Council feel it is an appropriate time to acknowledge the contribution of Mr Delaney to the grassroots game over the past fourteen years.

"In his time as CEO, he has visited almost 2000 grassroots clubs all over the country from Wexford to Donegal and Kerry to Louth, assisting many clubs with the development of their facilities. He has turned the sod on many new grounds and performed opening ceremonies at several new clubhouses and has always recognised the work performed by volunteers at club level all over the country.

"Under John’s leadership, the FAI facilities department assisted many clubs with Sports Capital grant applications as well as advising clubs technically on clubhouses, artificial pitches and floodlighting. Whenever possible he attended club and league presentation nights, anniversary dinners and dedicated a lot of his free time to attending these events, often taking up family time to be at a particular event to recognise a landmark occasion."

The provincial associations also went on to praise Delaney for his efforts in the redevelopment of the Aviva Stadium, and the move of the FAI head-quarters to Abbotstown.

The statement concluded: "His election to the UEFA Executive committee is testament to the high regard he is held within the game in Europe and while this is a great honour for John, it is also recognition of the game in our Association.

"All in the grassroots game are very grateful for John’s support and contribution to the grassroots game in his time as CEO and fully believe he is the person to continue his work with UEFA and FIFA matters in his new role as Executive Vice President."