Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney has defended his lucrative salary.
Delaney, who has presided over stringent cutbacks which have affected even Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni and his coaching staff, reportedly earns around 340,000 euros a year.
However, he has revealed he could have left for a better-paid post, and told Sky Sports News: "I was offered a job three times the salary that I'm currently on, and that's a fact. I didn't take the job, I didn't want the job. I'm very happy in this job."
He went on: "I think the turnover of the FAI in the mid-90s, 1996,97, was about seven million euros. Last year it was north of 40 million euros.
"We are in a tough economy here in Ireland at the moment and anybody who is on a big salary is going to grab media attention."