Less than a week away from a critical Emergency General Meeting of the FAI, there is growing concern that moves to transform the embattled association are being "rushed".

Former General Secretary of the FAI Brendan Menton believes there is no sign of a change in culture while Interim General Manager Noel Mooney acknowledges there has been a lack of transparency in the organisation.

The FAI and the 20 League of Ireland clubs have agreed on a working group to develop a new strategy for professional league football in Ireland.

The FAI AGM is just two weeks away and many believe it could be the most crucial AGM in its 98-year history.

Following recent controversies in the FAI after the revelations of a loan given to the association by the then chief executive John Delaney and the subsequent enquiries, football in this country is in a period of transition.

The 20 league clubs met over the weekend at FAI headquarters to discuss the future of professional football here.

Martin Connolly, General Manager of Dundalk FC, believes that Ireland needs a league that will reward people who are making improvements on and off the pitch.

Niamh O'Mahony of the Irish Supporters Network said there were a lot of positive presentations over the weekend and she was pleased that supporters, for the first time, were asked to be represented. 

This, she said, reminds people that supporters are an important voice within the clubs.


However there’s growing concern that moves to transform the FAI are being rushed and it’s by no means certain that changes proposed in the recent governance review will be accepted.

Noel Mooney, the General Manager of the FAI, believes it’s extremely important that the Governance Review Group recommendations go through and said that the rush is in order to make the FAI better for everybody. 

He said the quicker the changes go through the better in order to make the game better.

The FAI accounts won’t be made available at the AGM for the first time in history. This news was greeted with dismay in football and political circles.

Menton said that there is a rule saying the audited accounts shall be sent to the delegates seven days in advance and that’s not going to happen. How can delegates make crucial decisions for the Association, he asked, in the absence of vital financial information?

The FAI EGM concerning rule changes ahead of the AGM takes place in Dunboyne on Saturday.