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Irish FA president Raymond Kennedy suffers vote setback

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

Raymond Kennedy's position as Irish Football Association president appears untenable after he lost a vote of no confidence on Monday night.

The IFA ruling council voted 29-14 in favour of a proposal of no confidence in Kennedy remaining in the job.

Kennedy said he would consider his position over the next 36 hours.

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

Kennedy, who refused to comment after the meeting, will inform chief executive Patrick Nelson of his decision on Wednesday morning.

County Antrim FA official Terry Pateman was voted in as vice-president at the meeting with Neil Jardine elected as treasurer.

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.

Meanwhile Terry Pateman was elected as Vice-President, replacing David Martin, and Neil Jardine was elected unopposed as treasurer.

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see also
IFA meets to decide Kennedy fate
18 Oct 10 |  Irish
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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