Niall Quinn is to step away from his role as interim deputy CEO of the FAI.

The former centre-forward, who won 86 caps for the Republic of Ireland between 1986 and 2002, is already technically out of contract with the association but had been asked to remain in place until the FAI's EGM, held last week, where it was agreed to accept the required changes to governance rules as recommended by the government. 

He had originally taken up the post of deputy interim chief executive officer in January as the cash-strapped association underwent a radical restructuring process.

Quinn had indicated prior to the EGM that he would be interested in remaining in place "in some shape or form". 

But with the announcement by interim CEO Gary Owens that he would not be staying on, Quinn has decided to step away from his own role. 

Quinn told FAI.ie: "I have really enjoyed my time working with the talented and dedicated staff in Abbottstown and I now have a better understanding of just how much great work they do for Irish football, often unheralded and seemingly always amidst a cloud of job uncertainty. 

"When I joined the Association with Gary back at the end of January, we wanted to protect jobs and help implement real structural change within the FAI for the betterment of the Irish game. With the successful vote for change at last Monday's EGM and the completed restructuring of day to day roles in HQ, the game can now look forward to a more productive future. 

"Even though these changes were met with resistance by a small minority of constituents, the way is now clear for a new incoming CEO to drive football forward again. 

"I will remain close to Irish football and I wish all of my colleagues the very best of luck in the coming weeks and months as more important changes are implemented to make our game and our association strong again. I will remain available to the FAI, as required, until the new CEO is in situ."

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