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Tuesday, 12 November, 2002, 18:11 GMT
FAI chief Menton resigns
Both Brendan Menton and Mick McCarthy have lost their jobs in the past seven days
Brendan Menton (right) with Mick McCarthy last week
Football Association of Ireland chief executive Brendan Menton has resigned following criticism of the body in a report which examined the country's World Cup Finals.

The results of an inquiry into the problems experienced by the Irish squad in the summer were released on Tuesday evening.

The independent inquiry - commissioned by the Football Association of Ireland - largely endorsed the criticisms made by former captain Roy Keane who co-operated with the report.

The Manchester United club captain was sent home from the World Cup following a row with the then manager Mick McCarthy over the team's training facilities at the training base in Saipan.

FAI chief Menton discussed the report with the association's board of management on Tuesday afternoon before announcing his decision to step down with immediate effect.

The FAI must first accept the need for change
Genesis report

The FAI have unanimously recommended the acceptance and implementation of the review, and a meeting has been set up for 29 November to start the implementation process.

Menton said he had taken the decision for the "future of Irish football".

"I feel that from a personal and a professional perspective, the new chief executive's role is a job for someone else," said Menton.

Current FAI treasurer John Delaney had been mentioned as a likely successor to Menton but he has ruled himself out of contention on for family reasons.

The independent inquiry, commissioned after the departure of Roy Keane from the World Cup squad, calls for radical change in the management of the national side.

The report by Glasgow-based consultancy Genesis is particularly critical of the FAI's structures and culture.

It says there is "no culture of discipline" in FAI management, and that basic management techniques are non existent in the organisation.

Roy Keane was thrown out of Ireland's World Cup squad in May
Roy Keane: Co-operated with the report

The report criticises the FAI's management of crises, saying that nothing had been learned from Ireland's involvement in previous major tournaments.

"Sweeping change" is recommended.

"The organisation must first accept the need for change, and it must improve and modernise management and logistics.

"The present structure, which includes voluntary leadership and professional management, is incompatible," it adds.

The reports recommends five senior professional appointments to manage the organisation - including a chief executive, a director of finance, and a director of communications.

The lack of training gear and the fact that the team had none of the new footballs which had been commissioned for the World Cup are singled out in the report as causes for concern.

88 contributors

The lack of proper medical equipment is also criticised.

The row has rumbled on and last week McCarthy resigned as Ireland manager, paving the way for Keane to resume his international career.

Glasgow based consultancy Genesis was reportedly paid in the region of 20,000 to discover what measures could be taken to avoid a repetition on the summer episode.

All 23 members of the travelling squad - including Keane - plus the coaching staff were asked for their observations and to make statements on the affair.

In all, 88 people contributed to the report.

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