Over 180 candidates have emerged for independent director roles for the reformed board of the Football Association of Ireland.

An independent chairperson and three independent directors will join the board on the back of recommendations of the Governance Review Group Report of the FAI.

The FAI board were informed that, following the adverts that appeared in national newspapers, international recruitment firm, Amrop received over 100 expressions of interest for the roles by the mid-August deadline while a further 82 potential candidates were identified by Amrop, based on their board level experience, skillset and qualifications.

Amrop drew up a long-list of suitable candidates and have spent the last number of weeks interviewing and assessing these individuals. 

A shortlist will be presented to a Nominations Committee in three weeks.

FAI president Donal Conway said: "The appointment of an Independent Chairperson and three Independent Directors is a crucial step forward in the reform process for the Association.

"Amrop have concentrated on finding the right candidates over the past seven weeks. This process has been thorough and extensive and we would like to thank Amrop for their professionalism. 

"This week Amrop were required to deliver a presentation to the Nomination Committee on how the process was conducted. The Committee had the opportunity to question all aspects of the process.

"Following this presentation the Committee are satisfied that the process was a robust one.

"The shortlist which will be presented for consideration by the Nominations Committee in the week beginning 21 October. The board look forward to making an announcement in the coming weeks."