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"You must be joking me!" | Brian Kerr rules out applying for FAI board

Jake O'Donnell
Jake O'Donnell

21:16 25 Aug 2019

Brian Kerr has ruled himself out of applying to be an independent director on the FAI board. 

Kerr has been repeatedly tipped as a key figure who could transform the fortunes of Irish football after a litany of FAI scandals.

However, speaking to Off The Ball's Nathan Murphy, Kerr outright rejected the notion of joining the embattled organisation's board.

"Definitely not! You must be joking. I have no ambition to be a director of the FAI in any shape or form.

"I wouldn't even encourage other people given the basis of the wording of the ad. I thought they even got that wrong.

"That's hard to do to get an ad in the paper [wrong] where you are offering positions. Albeit they are unpaid but they are very important positions that many people in Irish society feel are vital at this moment in time for the future of the game. The least they could have done was get the wording right.

"The wording of the ad didn't show the clarity it should have shown. It suggested that people were applying for positions as independent directors but may be applying for positions for places on other committees.

"I read the ad several times and it wasn't clear to me what someone should do if you wanted to apply to be an independent director or on one of the committees."

Kerr also added that he could understand why Niall Quinn similarly ruled himself out of holding a position on the FAI board considering the FAI's current situation.

Kerr has not been formally involved with Irish football or the FAI since his departure as manager of the Republic of Ireland in 2005. Former players such as Quinn and Damien Duff as well as a host of pundits have all argued for Kerr to be given a position within the FAI and Irish football.

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