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FAI Announce departure of CEO Jonathan Hill

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Hill has been in charge of Ireland’s Football Association since 2020.

Chief Executive Officer of the FAI Jonathan Hill will leave his role at the end of the month, the FAI have announced this morning.

In their statement, Ireland’s governing football body confirmed that an interim CEO will be announced ‘in due course, followed by a full-time successor.’

The news comes following increased pressure that had been put on Hill after he appeared before the Dail’s Public Accounts Committee in February. It’s believed that the former CEO had accepted a payment in the region of €11,000 in lieu of holidays not taken, which breached the FAI’s handbook.

The English native took the reigns during the Covid-19 pandemic and played a significant role in Ireland’s successful bid to co-host Euro 2028, which was announced in October of last year.

In light of the announcement, FAI President Paul Cooke stated:

“Jonathan joined the association during a difficult time in the heart of the Covid 19 pandemic and helped the association navigate an extremely challenging period,

“On behalf of the board of the FAI, I want to thank Jonathan for his hard work and dedication over the past number of years and wish him well for the future.”

With the Irish Men’s National Team still in the hunt for a permanent manager, it is believed that the search will be prolonged following the announcement. John O’Shea took the role as interim manager following Stephen Kenny’s departure in November 2023.

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