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Irish FA meeting to decide Raymond Kennedy's future

IFA president Raymond Kennedy
Raymond Kennedy has come under pressure to resign as IFA president

Irish Football Association president Raymond Kennedy is expected to make it clear on Monday night whether or not he is going to stand down from the post.

Sports minister Nelson McCausland has said £23m earmarked for football in Northern Ireland will not be handed over while Kennedy remains in the role.

The presidency will be discussed at a meeting of the association's ruling 52-member council.

A vote of no confidence is to be tabled if Kennedy decides to stay on.

It has been reported that the 12 senior clubs are prepared to back County Antrim FA official Jim Shaw for the top job.

He has stated he will only stand if the post of president becomes vacant.

Jim Shaw
Jim Shaw has received the backing of senior clubs

Kennedy was criticised by an independent report into the unfair dismissal of chief executive Howard Wells which cost the IFA £500,000.

That led to McCausland saying he could not approve government funding unless there were changes at the IFA.

"If I am to invest very large amounts of money - and we are talking about very large money here - not just in stadium development, but in other aspects of the sport, then it's important that the recipient of that money is a body fit for purpose," he said.

"That has to involve change - change at the top, but also change right through the organisation and that's why we said the key to this is an independent thorough review that can look at the organisation and see how it can be properly shaped."

Kennedy had previously said he would not remain as president if it put the government funding in jeopardy.



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see also
McCausland shows dismay at IFA
26 Aug 10 |  Northern Ireland
Kennedy set to quit IFA position
24 Aug 10 |  Irish
Pressure mounts on IFA president
22 Dec 09 |  Irish


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