Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

IFA finally look for new Chief

The Irish Football Association have speeded up their hunt for a new chief executive by advertising the post.

The football body terminated Howard Wells’ employment last October, claiming the decision was in the “best interests of the association” and the member clubs.

Wells has launched legal action against the IFA but the association is now actively looking for a strong leader who can sail the body through choppy waters.

And judging by the advertisement which appeared in yesterday’s Belfast Telegraph, IFA chiefs have set the bar very high.

The successful candidate will need to prove that he or she has the experience to oversee the overall management of the IFA’s activities.

They will have to “demonstrate experience of budgetary management at a senior level in an organisation with turnover in excess of £7million.”

The chief executive will also have to report to the chairman of the Executive Board — expected to be Allen McKinstry — and to the president of the association, Raymond Kennedy.

The closing date for completed applications is 4pm on Friday, March 27.

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