Belfast Telegraph

Curry exits post as IFA begin their restructure

Northern Ireland U16 Manager Dessie Curry
Northern Ireland U16 Manager Dessie Curry

By Stuart McKinley

Desi Curry has left his position as Technical Director of the Irish FA after occupying the post for four years.

The Belfast Telegraph revealed back in April that the association was set to undertake a major structural reorganisation and Curry’s exit is just one of a number of moves which will see others given new titles at Windsor Avenue.

While Curry’s post of Technical Director has been dispensed with Michael Boyd has been handed the new role of Director of Football Operations after moving from his previous job as Head of Community Relations.

Another new post, Director of Commercial and Community Affairs, will be filled by Geoff Wilson, the association’s Head of Marketing and Communications.

It had been anticipated that Boyd and Wilson would be forced to go head-to-head for that job, when it was decided to merge their posts within the new structure.

Now, however, the reshuffle means that both men stay within the IFA.

The recent appointment of former Northern Ireland captain Jim Magilton as the IFA’s Elite Performance Director is also part of the changes that have been undertaken.

Redundancies were always a likely consequence of the reorganisation within the organisation and that has now begun, with former Lisburn schoolteacher Curry becoming the most high profile casualty.

It is unclear at present whether or not Curry will remain in charge of the Northern Ireland under-16 schoolboy team — a position he has held for almost a decade.

A number of other members of IFA staff, at various levels, are understood to be considering redundancy packages that have been put on the table.

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