When interim FAI CEO Gary Owens announced that he was not putting his hat in the ring for the permanent job it was probably inevitable that Niall Quinn would follow him out the door.

Former Republic of Ireland international striker Quinn was brought in in January by chairman Roy Barrett as interim deputy CEO, a role that had never existed in the FAI previously.

He was very much the front of house man and was prominent when the deal was done in January between the FAI, government and UEFA that effectively bailed out the cash strapped organisation.

At the time, the FAI said that Quinn would focus on restoring and building key relationships and trust with key peer groups. And in these extraordinary times he had a lot more to deal with than he could possibly have imagined.

We need your consent to load this SoundCloud contentWe use SoundCloud to manage extra content that can set cookies on your device and collect data about your activity. Please review their details and accept them to load the content.Manage Preferences

A worldwide pandemic meant finding a path to a safe return to play became a priority, the resumption of the League of Ireland, streaming - all of these hurdles were negotiated.

But he also had to deal with the infighting in the FAI as well and didn't have the full support of the FAI Council, who were suspicious of his motives. Quinn was clearly frustrated by those he called the "naysayers".

At one stage, St Pat's chairman Garrett Kelleher accused Owens and Quinn of failing badly and said that they had lost the club's confidence. 

Quinn has said that when he joined the FAI, he wanted to protect jobs and help implement structural change - with the governance reforms voted through at last week's EGM that has largely been achieved.

The league has successfully resumed and the Watch LOI streaming service has been hailed as a success, although viewing figures have yet to be made public.

It’s an important week for the FAI, with interviews due to take place later this week for the position of permanent CEO.

Quinn had earlier ruled himself out of that race but he remains available  to the FAI until the new CEO is in situ.