KILKENNY -- One of the worst things about Ireland is its blatant Old Boys' Networks and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) is an example. All of the Sunday papers carry stories about a leak about a possible EUR 600,000 pay deal for Fran Rooney, an astute businessman brought in by the FAI to improve the running of Irish football. Rooney would get the money only if he achieved targets related to commercial sponsorship. But some old boys in the FAI, notably Kevin Fahy and Milo Corcoran, are a little miffed by Rooney's hands-on approach. So they're leaking confidential information even before discussion occurs. I hope the FAI defers to Rooney's inquisitorial manner and gives Irish football the kind of professional foundation it deserves.
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