Champagne Football: The Rise and Fall of John Delaney and the Football Association of Ireland

Champagne Football: The Rise and Fall of John Delaney and the Football Association of Ireland

Over the course of fifteen years, John Delaney ran the Football Association of Ireland as his own personal fiefdom. He had his critics, but his power was never seriously challenged until last year, when Mark Tighe and Paul Rowan published a sequence of stories in the Sunday Times containing damaging revelations about his personal compensation and the parlous financial situation of the FAI. Delaney's reputation as a great financial manager was left in tatters. He resigned under pressure, and the FAI was left hoping for a massive bail-out from the Irish taxpayer.

In Champagne Football, Tighe and Rowan dig deep into the story of Delaney's career and of the FAI's slide into ruin. They show how he surrounded himself with people whose personal loyalty he could count on, and a board that failed to notice that the association's finances were shot. They detail Delaney's skilful cultivation of opinion-formers outside the FAI. And they document the culture of excess that Delaney presided over and benefited from, to the detriment of the organization he led.

Champagne Football is a gripping, sometimes darkly hilarious and often enraging piece of reporting by the award-winning journalists who finally pulled back the curtain on the FAI's mismanagement.

Title:Champagne Football: The Rise and Fall of John Delaney and the Football Association of Ireland
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    Champagne Football: The Rise and Fall of John Delaney and the Football Association of Ireland Reviews

  • Rory Bracken

    A high-end hitman would be impressed by the way the authors unemotionally and ruthlessly stake out and take down the protagonist and his supporting cast of orcs. The target reader will know a lot of t...

  • Thewife Ofbrian

    Woah. He is an awful human being!...

  • Adrian Fingleton

    This is a really good read, trawling through the crimes and misdemeanours of the notorious former head of the FAI. The authors' access to detailed FAI documentation is obviously a core element of the ...

  • Daniel Clancy

    A friend asked me if it was a "hatchet job" on Delaney. To me it reads more like a flip book of a tyrant who rises to power, before eventually being ripped from his golden throne and dragged kicking (...

  • Stephen McGovern

    Incredible journalism, this excellent book details the excess, crookedness and corruption of the John Delaney era at the FAI....

  • Emmett Costello

    This is an outstanding book and follows on from great investigative work by the two authors. The Prologue is wonderfully well written and there is a dark comedy that permeates through this book. Its b...

  • Paul McGreal

    SuperbA brilliant read for all Irish football fans. Discover the real John Delaney and shocking incompetent FAI Board and how they destroyed footballs governing body....

  • Conor Kelly

    Brilliant and simply mind bogglingJohn Delaney is a crook ,absolutely outrageous what he got away with during his time at the fai. Must read for any Irish football fan...

  • Shane

    Incredible read. Outstanding read. A sad and maddening journey through the FAI. The rise and fall of the power hungry CEO is almost unbelievable....

  • Paul Gilsenan

    Brilliant read. Outstanding work by two journalists to uncover the corruption and free reign Delaney had at the FAI...