If the old FAI is dead, the grieving process has some way to go.

Denial is the first stage of grief and is something large tracts of the FAI have been engaged in since this scandal first blew up in March.

Pretty sure, after today's monumental press conference in Abbotstown, that we can call the FAI's 2019 a scandal.

The second step is anger and no doubt there is plenty of that in the corridors of Abbotstown, where staff have been told there will be 'consequences' for an organisation carrying €55m in net liabilities and running a loss of almost €9m in 2018.

The third step is bargaining and that will be done with UEFA and their creditors now, with auditors Deloitte unable to express confidence in the organisation's ability to continue as a going concern unless financing is secured from somewhere.

Depression is next: That is the preserve of every football fan, grassroots coach and player in the country. Stephen Kenny must be wondering how he can deliver on the promise in the underage ranks, when he works for an organisation who have had to restate their 2016 and 2017 accounts by over €8m and now finds itself in technical default.

However the final step, acceptance, would seem to be a serious problem for the FAI.

They can't accept that a total clear out of the old board is required before Sport Ireland, Minister Shane Ross and the wider public as a whole believe that the old ways are no more.

How else can you explain the news today that Donal Conway was to step down, but only FAI Council members with two years standing can be nominated to replace him.

Conway took to the FAI branded podium today and tried to explain the accounts that could not be viewed by those in the room as the FAI website crashed just as the link was shared.

Donal Conway addresses journalists in Abbotstown

As Paul Cooke replaced him at the rostrum, he struggled to open the FAI's powerpoint presentation that spelled out baldly that, rather than being debt free by 2020, the governing body would instead be paying off its debt on Aviva Stadium until 2034.

The FAI has been saddled with a huge commitment to their half of a stadium upon which they have only a 60-year lease, thanks in part to a failed ticket strategy that was scuppered as soon as the financial crash struck.

The man who was ready to take full credit for the Vantage Club when he launched it in 2008 and who triggered this whole unravelling of the body responsible for the organisation of the largest participation sport in Ireland, was a hugely significant player in today's accounts and accompanying press conference.

Even if he went unnamed in either the documents or by anyone at the top table.

The former CEO and director received a settlement of €462,000, including a contribution of €372,000 to the former CEO and director's pension fund.

Football's Voldemort came up time and again in questioning but time and again Conway, Cooke and others at the top table skirted around naming him.

"The board I was on did not do a good job," admitted Conway when pressed by RTÉ Soccer Correspondent Tony O'Donoghue on his own culpability for the incomparable, historic mess the FAI now finds itself in.

He says he took a lot of the information he was given on trust. He claims to have absolutely no knowledge of the €3m loyalty agreement agreed with the former CEO and director.

Its very existence in doubt, the Sport Ireland commissioned report sent to the Gardaí, looking for a new title sponsor when their reputation has never been lower and a stated aim to be debt free by 2020 in tatters.

This is where the FAI finds itself now, yet they seem unwilling to accept - publicly at least - that the fault for this utter mess lies squarely at the feet of one man.

We were told, infamously now, that John Delaney could run anything.

He has certainly run away from the catastrophic mess he made.

The old FAI limps on for now and the rest of us are left to grieve for the future of Irish soccer.