FAI President Donal Conway insists that the recommendations laid out in the FAI governance report represent the best way forward for the organisation.
The Governance Review Group, set up by the Football Association of Ireland and Sport Ireland, today delivered a 78-point plan to turn around the fortunes of the organisation following a turbulent year.
Among the changes recommended by the report are new board and council structures, new financial controls, term limits for board members and a move towards great gender equality.
However the report failed to mention John Delaney or his recently created role of executive vice president, indeed FAI president Donal Conway refused to mention the former chief executive by name in the press conference.
"That's a member of staff that I think we have said earlier, referring to a member of staff, that's not what today is about," said Conway.
"That's not what I'm in a position to be discussing today. Today I am talking about the Governance Review Report."
Delaney is reportedly still earning his €360,000 CEO salary, despite having 'voluntarily stepped aside' from his new role in April.
The review does however back the idea that some current board members could retain their roles as part of an interim board until the 2020 AGM.
Retaining some of the current board numbers, even on an interim basis, is at odds with a letter that was sent to Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross which indicated that the entire board would step down.
However Conway believes that the report has made a strong case for retaining the 'knowledge' of at least one board member.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport, he said: "I’m aware of what Shane Ross' position is and I would have corresponded with Shane Ross before his appearance at the Oireachtas joint committee and would have said that the board was stepping down.
"Now the review presents the recommendation that there should be some continuity.
"When I look at the background here at the moment with so many workstreams in play, a number of investigations in play, I think there is some merit in somebody with that knowledge transitioning from now to the interim board.
"That’s a board that's interim on the basis purely that it continues the further modules of reform to bring everything by completion by AGM 2020.
"The board have already considered that recommendation, they’re going to consider it further and make a decision then on what persons may proceed to the interim board. "
Conway stopped short of admitting whether or not he wants to stay on and join the interim board, but he did admit to some culpability for the current crisis the FAI finds itself in.
"I was a serving board member while this happened so I’m culpable for that as I feel other directors are," he said.
"But now we’re dealing with it, we’ve now set about rectifying it and really putting in place the principles and the structures to ensure that things are done better in the future."
While Conway admitted that the transition to the new structures laid out in the report will be difficult, he believes that it’s something the FAI and its members must support.
"It’s change and change is always difficult," he said. "You have to meet people, you have to respect them, you have to explain the rationale for change and take them through the change.
"But when you look at what it’s going to do for the association and when you put that to the members, I think the members won’t be found wanting.
"I think they will look at this, consider this and realise that this is the best way forward for the FAI."