Noel Mooney believes that a staleness has developed within the FAI and feels ashamed about what has happened to Irish football over the course of the last three months.

The FAI interim head also said that he welcomes and encourages fans of Irish football to voice their concerns, put up banners and protest when necessary as he attempts to change things within the association.

"My eyes are open to staleness," said Mooney, speaking on stage at the Sugar Club in Dublin as part of the 'Greatest League in the World', live League of Ireland podcast - an official FAI production.

"We had a CEO who was there for 15 years, a long time and it's hard to keep that motivation for such a long time."

Mooney is on secondment from UEFA to work for the FAI for six months, and now just two weeks into the job, the former Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper said that he is angry at what has happened in the build-up to his return to the association.

"I understand because what's happened over the last few months, I am angry. I am disappointed and ashamed at how our beautiful game has gone, what has happened has put Irish soccer into a difficult spot.

"When we don't do what we should do, we should be ashamed. It's right that people should talk about it but it's our responsibility to make football the best it can be."

Mooney previously worked for the association ahead of taking on his current role with the European governing body and upon his return to Dublin, he also wanted to acknowledge that lots of good work goes on within the association.

"There are lots of areas where the FAI are good, there are great people working there but I do believe that what has happened there is not good enough. The fans should voice their concerns, they should put up banners, they should say they are pissed off."

Mooney's appointment has been criticised in places, most notably by Minister of Sport, Shane Ross, yet the Limerick native believes that his prior experience gives him the motivation to be part of the solution.

"He has his view, he's entitled to his view," said Mooney, when asked about the minister's remarks. 

"We need to work with government, we can't work on infrastructure without government, there is a lot of noise at the moment but I have no doubt it will work again. 

"We will build relations with the government, maybe not in my lifetime but we will do it."

"As I worked there a few years ago, I saw things I wanted to change and it's sad that people don't want you to go back and change them. I hope to be one small part of the solution."