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Saturday 24 August 2019

Mac grilling as Doolin blasts FAI

Mick McCarthy. Photo: PA
Mick McCarthy. Photo: PA

Mick McCarthy will be grilled on his summer plans for his Ireland squad today, including a possible call-up for Dutch-based midfielder Dan Crowley.

But his employers in the FAI will maintain their wall of silence despite the furore that surrounds the organisation.

McCarthy, who watched Crowley play in the Dutch Cup final on Sunday, will face the media in Meath today at the launch of '2019 FAI AGM and Festival of Football in Trim'.

But no officials or board members from the FAI will be made available.

Former FAI CEO John Delaney has spoken at a media event to launch the previous six FAI AGMs.

Meanwhile, former Ireland U19 team boss Paul Doolin has spoken of the "horrendous politics" in the FAI during his time as an employee.

He led the U19s to an appearance at the European Championship finals in 2011 but, speaking to the RTÉ soccer podcast, Doolin claims that qualification put the FAI under financial pressure.

"At the time, it was the financial crash and there was no money. People were looking at me and it was like 'what did you go and do that for?' I got the impression that it was more of a hassle," he said.

"There is an awful lot of things that go on in there. It's not surprising for me because there are people in there, to be honest, who would stick a knife in their mother to further themselves.

"I went to see John (Delaney) and somebody else before I left and told them a few things I thought.

"It wasn't good. I got a phone call the next day where someone said you might find it hard to get a job if you say it."

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