FAI acting general manager Noel Mooney believes an all-island league could work in Ireland but is not immediately convinced that it will be the "game-changer" that many are predicting it to be.

The former Cork City and Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper, who is on secondment from UEFA for six months, working at the FAI, was a guest on this week's RTÉ Soccer Podcast and outlined his thoughts on what is needed for club football here to thrive.

"I think the all-island league is a good concept," said Mooney. "It can work. It can attract new money and new partners who are looking cross-island. And there is talk of the governments in the post-Brexit era of investing in it.

"[But] is that the game-changer?

"The [right] model can be got quite quickly with good people sitting down. It can't just be the association. It needs clubs, it needs government, it needs partnerships and broadcasters to all come together to get that x-factor.

"If the all-island league brings more money into the clubs, with better broadcast deals and better global rights, then great, but sometimes we jump for some sort of panacea, and we think formats changing and adding a couple of teams from Northern Ireland will change everything. But it won't change everything."

Mooney believes that clubs need to have the correct structures in place for any format to succeed, and uses his home-town side of Limerick as an example.

"I'm from Limerick and as you know, the club is struggling, so hopefully the association or whoever is running the league can ensure a better stadium is built and better structures are in place.

"I think if the club is run properly and has nice infrastructure and community outreach where people in Limerick can see a vision...

"If the people of Limerick buy into the club, then the club will work."

"But at the moment, if you sent Ballymena down to Limerick, I am not sure it would excite the people of Limerick.

"You can go to an All-Ireland league, but if the clubs are not operated correctly, you go back very quickly to the old League of Ireland and being structured correctly is crucial."

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