It is said that Martin O'Neill enjoyed a reasonable working relationship with John Delaney, but after another poor poster presented by the Irish team Monday, at Aarhus night, the size of the new substantial contract, the head of the executive in January has come to be the best reason he could still think he could get the first few games in the European Championship qualifying campaign to resume things.
Finally, the wider economy of the situation has decided things.
The reason why Delaney and the council of the association have gotten bigger is that, after a series of spectacles and really disturbing results, they no longer trusted O'Neill's ability to get Ireland to the next Europeans and it is too much to be seen to do something.
Delaney always claims that the association has no budget to do this tour, but the euro expansion to 24 teams has made the failure to qualify for this almost unthinkable. By doing it in the second round of France, thanks to a victory and a draw in the group stage, FAI received 11 million euros in participation fees and prize money. The same performance in 2020 would bring 14 million euros.
Much of it
Two years ago, bonuses and other costs consumed much of this money, and the association declared a net profit of just 4.5 million euros. O'Neill and certainly not the only ones who took advantage, but the manager has doubled his basic salary since then, it would have been expected that O'Neill's contract performance would have been reduced, and the money to return to Abbotstown would increase accordingly.
But if Ireland did not qualify all, it would have lost, and after the year it was in, neither the team nor its manager showed a solid bet.
Neill and the rest of his coaching staff were on an estimated 3 million a year between them, two-thirds of those at the age of 66, and about 800,000 euros for Roy Keane. Industry sources suggest that reaching a "mutual agreement" with them to go will be saved by the FAI, perhaps half of this amount on the remarkable portion of their business that was to take place until the end of Ireland's involvement in the euro.
The fact that Dublin will host four games in the tournament was also a factor, but money was of the greatest importance at the end of the day. In fact, Delaney could have made the decision before the Monday game at Aarhus, while performance against Northern Ireland would have provided inconsistent evidence on how much the team dropped, but eventually allowed O & 39. Neill to claim that he would take the team to the tour just became too risky.
The size of the crowd of the last week's match against Michael O'Neill was also mentioned as one of the things that led Delaney to act, but this was a long-standing issue, dating from the opening of the Aviva stadium, the failure of the Vantage Club ticket scheme. Earlier, on the old Lansdowne Road, fans have been pressured to buy tickets for each game to keep their seats for the highest, but the availability of premium unsold seats has allowed people to choose and choose, and the show produced under Giovanni Trapattoni many chose to stay away.
New Light New
When the Italian left, few expected O'Neill's arrival to announce a beautiful new soccer smile, but the appointment was regarded as a success as long as the team was doing well.
But participations remained a huge problem, and while the number of season tickets dropped steadily (at 17,000), the association routinely offered thousands of people. Recently, indeed, it is said that some school clubs are trying to get rid of the amount they have received.
Delaney's capture on an association he has long to shape in accordance with his wishes remains firm, but, as O'Neill leaves, there was no shortage of people to express the conviction that he should to be next.
Several thousands of dissatisfied supporters who signed an online petition calling for his removal, and various specialists, including the former Irish manager Brian Kerr, blamed much for the current situation, directly at the door of the executive director.
Criticism seems to have hurt him; Delaney gives any impression of profound care about his popularity and image, both in soccer circles and among the general public, which is highlighted by the efforts made last night to ensure that a banner intended to him jeneze was not shown at the Aarhus game.
However, he knows very well how big football is with distraction tournaments and who played poorly in the hands of contract negotiations, it seems he has now spent again in the hope that a new man can offer a new start.