FAI Interim deputy CEO Niall Quinn says he would keen to stay on with the association as he sounded an emollient and positive note ahead of Monday's EGM.

The 31 August meeting will see the FAI vote on changes to the FAI rule book and constitution as it sets about governance reform. 

The association has been told it will not receive any funding support until it makes the changes agreed in the memorandum of understanding (MoU), which included amendments to some of the terms of the governance.

The most controversial changes have been an increase in the number of independent directors from four to six, and a clause that FAI Council members who have served for 10 years should step down this year.

In early August, FAI CEO Gary Owens suggested that FAI council members could remain beyond 10 years provided they passed a "fit and proper test", though he denied this stipulation changed anything within the MoU. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport this afternoon, Quinn said he hoped that Council Members would welcome the changes as being for the betterment of the game in the long run. 

"I'm hoping that the combination of what has been presented as two different teams - the new and the old - will come together on the understanding that all of the tweaks are for the better of the game in the long run. 

"In this period of correction, there'll probably be a better understanding of how it was all working. So, that when the MoU runs out, in time, that they will have a much stronger and healthier association for it.

"One of the things that wasn't brought into the narrative in recent weeks is that independence can be a really good thing. Lots of companies will tell you that.

"I'm hopeful that the mistrust will fade. I'm hopeful that they'll understand that this isn't a group of powerful people who'll come in and take something away from them. 

"That this a group that want to see the FAI in a correct vehicle so it can avail of the opportunity to get out of the problems that it was left with from the previous regime and the people in the game are valued.

"If I look back, we probably didn't do enough to value what people have done in the game. 

"I would be hopeful by Monday - hopeful rather than confident - that people will see that this isn't two sides at each other but this is two sides that can come together because there'll be trust in the air."

For his own part, Quinn stressed that he's technically out of contract but was asked to remain on until the EGM takes place. 

After that - and provided the changes in the MoU are agreed upon - he admits he would like to remain on in some capacity. 

"Technically, I'm out of contract. I was asked to stay on until we got to the EGM. Monday is a big day for all of us. I'll wait and see how that goes before I finalise where I'm going because there mightn't be any point (laugh). But hopefully that's not the case. 

"I'd like to have an involvement in some shape or form. I really don't know what this is. I knew my role wasn't going to be extended in a normal world - when I came in six months ago. I'm not discounting anything at all really but I do think there are parts of it which I enjoy more than others. 

"There are some great people in here who've done terrific work in an eighteen month period when it must have been so tough for them. 

"I know so much more about the FAI now. As an outsider looking in, I was quick to point out, the whole FAI are this or the whole FAI are that. I know it's workings, I know the jobs people can do and I know how good it can become if the unity comes along and the game thrives on this opportunity we've got from the government, FIFA and the Bank of Ireland. 

"What that entails I don't know but there are bits of it that I would find a real joy to be working in."