John Delaney has officially departed from the FAI, but this saga is far from over.

This morning I was talking to some of the new FAI board members. They feel that this was the pragmatic course of action, that it was inevitable. Really, it was always going to be how it had to end.

Initially, I'm told, Delaney wanted in excess of €3m as part of his walk-away money but the FAI felt a pay-off was preferable to lengthy legal action.

Remember, even though they've had a major review of governance in the FAI, the reality was Delaney's salary, expenses and controversial loyalty bonus of €2m - that never appeared in the accounts - have been approved in the past by senior board members, the treasurer and the secretary.

The FAI feared a lengthy court case which would cost them a lot more than this scenario, where they will fulfil certain notice and pension obligations.

As regards the timing of the announcement, I'm told there were marathon negotiations which finished late on Saturday night. The feeling was, get him - and the the news - out as soon as possible. 

I was at the Showgrounds for yesterday's FAI Cup semi-final between Sligo Rovers and Dundalk. It was a great occasion, the ground packed to the rafters with a real big-game buzz around the place.

Still, it was talk of the departure of the former FAI chief executive that hung in the air.

This, in many ways, shows up the legacy of John Delaney - the off-field stuff, the drama and controversy that followed him around like a cloak.

Dundalk manager Vinny Perth afterwards acknowledged that it was a very difficult 24 hours for Irish football. He was hopeful that yesterday's game would help alleviate some of the gloom that's been cast over the FAI since all these controversies came to light.

Mike Treacy, the Lilywhites chairman who represents the Peak6 company that took over the club, said Delaney's exit was "great news".

"The dictator who ruined Irish football. We are left rebuilding this mess he created. Onwards and upwards!" he tweeted.

How much is that mess is going to cost in the long term? Well, government funding has yet to be restored, and we will find out exactly how much Delaney will have been paid off. It's expected to be shown in the accounts at November's AGM.

The FAI has a history of pay-offs to managers and CEOs. Maybe that needs to change. 

These are traumatic times indeed. The KOSI report is due - Sport Ireland's full and extensive audit of the FAI - and the ODCE (Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement) investigation is lurking in the background as well. This story won't go away for a long time yet.

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