Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Waterford’s Paul Cooke is the only nominee for treasurer of the FAI for the upcoming AGM. Photo: Inpho.

It’s likely that there will be a Waterford connection on the new board of the FAI after former Waterford United FAI delegate Paul Cooke was the sole nomination to the position of FAI Treasurer, but it will be subject to recommendations returned by the governance review committee.
Cooke, who was former managing director with the Irish Daily Star newspaper, represented the Blues at the FAI Council and worked with former FAI CEO John Delaney during his time at the club. He will be elected to the role at the AGM of the FAI which will be held in Trim on July 27 pending these recommendations.
The FAI governance review group is currently meeting weekly to recommend changes on how the FAI is run where they’ll submit their reform proposals on June 21 ahead of the AGM where the current FAI board will step aside.
During his time as a FAI Council delegate he did raise questions about the FAI finances back in 2009 and Cooke now looks set to make the step up to the treasurer’s position after the decision of Eddie Murray to voluntarily resign from that position in recent weeks.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last week, Cooke, who is a chartered accountant, said that there needed to be a “cleansing” of the FAI. “We want change, we need change, we need to cleanse things at the FAI. There are a number of reports being conducted into the FAI, we have to let those reports do their work but what’s gone on cannot be buried.
“This is a genuine chance to change things at the association, the way it has been run but that opportunity has to be taken, it can’t be wasted.” He was nominated to the position by Dave Moran of the Leinster Senior League and League of Ireland First Division club Cabinteely.
There looks set to be a vote for the position of honorary secretary of the FAI after two nominations, Gerry McAnaney and Tony Dignam, were received for that role with this election to the board also pending governance recommendations.

Meanwhile, the Waterford Schoolboy League club will take a vote on whether or not to make the change to summer soccer in 2020 at the special Delegate meeting that is due to be held at the Woodlands Hotel on Wednesday evening.
After both the DDSL and the North Dublin League have voted to make the return to winter football following a two-year trial period, it’s going to be a very interesting vote. The clubs of the Waterford Junior League have already voted for the change; however, this was due to the expectation of the Schoolboy League change.

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By Adrian Flanagan
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