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John Delaney agrees to five more years with the FAI

The Waterford man says he ‘understands certain criticisms’ of his salary, but points to increasing turnover on the FAI books.

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FAI CHIEF EXECUTIVE JOHN Delaney has signed a new five-year contract worth a reported €360,000 per year, according to the Irish Sun today.

The Waterford man has come under fire from many fans who compare his salary to the €100,000 awarded to the League of Ireland champions.

Delaney continued his defence of his salary in The Sun today, citing the rising turnover generated by the association. Delaney says he has turned down offers of higher wages elsewhere in order to stay with the FAI:

“You go back to 1996, the turnover of the FAI was about €7m, last year it was €36m, next year it will be close to €40m. We have really driven the association forward as a business.

“I’ve been offered salaries above what I’m paid. I haven’t taken them because I love what I’m doing.

“But I do accept it is a well-paid salary and I can understand certain criticisms of it because that’s the world we live in.”

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