Belfast Telegraph

Friday 9 October 2015

Kennedy denies Irish FA rift with Wells

By Robert Fenton

Published 24/06/2008

Irish FA president Raymond Kennedy caused a stir at last night's AGM in Portadown when he denied comments he made recently regarding his guarded support for chief executive Howard Wells.

There has been speculation that all is not well between the two top officials, including suggestions that Wells might be on his way out.

When asked at the end of the meeting about their relationship in view of newspaper comments, Wells replied that it was "platonic" while the president added, "I did not read the article".

Pressed again about his quotes in a newspaper, he denied speaking to the journalist, although he was quoted profusely in the article, saying that he did not have 100 per cent confidence in his chief administrator.

"I did not speak to a Sunday newspaper journalist," said Kennedy.

Perhaps it is a lapse of memory or he has decided to brazen out the frostiness that exists between the pair and which was evident in body language at the meeting with the president preferring to stand behind the chief executive rather than be seated beside him.

Few words, if any were exchanged between the pair during the evening which heard about how the IFA can not go on sustaining losses of nearly £300,000 as in this season.

However, Business director Maurice Corrin was confident things can be turned around this season.

All football fans can only hope that his optimism is not misplaced.

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