John Delaney (football administrator)

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John Delaney
Born 16 October 1967
Waterford, Ireland
Nationality Irish
Known for CEO of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI)
Home town Tipperary, Ireland
Salary €360,000[1]

John Delaney (born 16 October 1967 in Waterford) is the current chief executive of the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) and serves as second vice-president of the Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI),[2] having been appointed in 2005.[3]

Delaney's FAI salary is currently €360,000 a year.[4][5] League of Ireland teams to split €475,500 in 2016 season prize money|work=The Irish Times|date=3 March 2016}}</ref>

FAI career[edit]

Delaney's father Joe was previously FAI treasurer.

Delaney became the youngest treasurer in FAI history in 2001.[6] He rose to prominence in the wake of the 2002 Keane Saipan saga, having emerged as the FAI's public figurehead during the affair.[7] He became acting chief executive of the organisation in December 2004, after Fran Rooney's acrimonious departure.[6][8] Delaney became Acting Chief Executive of the FAI in December 2004, and took up the role full-time in March 2005.[9] In November 2006, his contract was extended to 2012.[9] In July 2010, the FAI's Board of Directors agreed to extend his contract once again, until 2015.[7]

Delaney has overseen the appointments of Steve Staunton, Giovanni Trapattoni and Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as assistant manager to Martin of Ireland's national football team.

Handball incident[edit]

When FIFA offered Ireland a Fair Play Award following 2009's France v Republic of Ireland play-off, Delaney respectfully declined and said FIFA President Sepp Blatter was "an embarrassment to himself and an embarrassment to FIFA".[10]

On 4 June 2015, it was revealed by Delaney that FIFA had paid the FAI €5m (£3.6m) to stop legal action against them after their controversial World Cup play-off defeat in 2009.[11][12][13]


  1. ^ Neville, Conor. "John Delaney Salary Criticism". Retrieved 2 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sonia in line for Olympic Council role". Irish Examiner. 10 October 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ Retrieved 22 August 2016.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ "Delaney: we can cover all debts". Irish Independent. 23 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bohemians' plight makes joke of Delaney salary". The Irish Times. 21 August 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, but King John will not abdicate". Irish Independent. 24 October 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  7. ^ a b "Delaney pens new deal to stay at FAI helm". Irish Independent. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 13 July 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ "FAI confirms Rooney departure". RTÉ Sport. 3 November 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "FAI extend Delaney's tenure". RTÉ Sport. 12 November 2006. Retrieved 15 February 2007. 
  10. ^ Gannon, Willie (21 December 2009). "Ireland Turns Down FIFA's Patronizing Fair Play Award". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 21 December 2009. 
  11. ^ "Fifa paid Irish to stop legal action over Thierry Henry handball". BBC Sport. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  12. ^ "Delaney claims €5m Fifa payoff 'was a good deal'". Irish Independent. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015. 
  13. ^ "Eamon Dunphy: The FIFA payment to the FAI was like something from The Sopranos". Irish Independent. 4 June 2015. Retrieved 5 June 2015.