Sligo Rovers chairman Martin Heraghty and FAI Council member Gerry McAnaney are the two candidates to succeed Donal Conway as the President of the FAI. 

The association confirmed on Friday evening that that pair will contest the election for the position at the EGM on Saturday week, 25 January.

Heraghty has been on the Sligo board for over six years, taking up the role of chairman in 2016. 

He was elected on to a 12-person interim board at the FAI's AGM last July as one of two League of Ireland representatives, alongside UCD's Dick Shakespeare.  

A retired civil servant, he was assistant secretary general at the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Heraghty was centrally involved in crisis management in relation to the resolution of several major national agri-food related incidents, in particular the foot and mouth disease outbreak, and also spent five years as the First Secretary in the Irish Embassy in Germany.

McAnaney has served on the FAI National Council as a representative of both the Defence Forces and the Football For All programme.

The retired member of the Irish Defence Forces stood for the vice presidency at kast summer's AGM but lost out to Paul Cooke.

He has being heavily involved in football administration for years, serving as the chairperson of the Defence Forces Football Association as well as being a member of the FAI Disciplinary Panel and a member of the FAI Football Technical Development Plan Working Group.

Earlier this month, the FAI appointed Roy Barrett as the Independent Chairperson of the association. They also announced that Catherine Guy and Liz Joyce were joining the board as independent directors.

The EGM takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Blanchardstown, Dublin, in eight days' time.