Football Association of Wales: Noel Mooney succeeds Jonathan Ford as chief executive

Noel Mooney (L) played for Limerick, Cork City and Shamrock Rovers, before working for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI)

Former League of Ireland goalkeeper Noel Mooney has been appointed the new managing director of the Football Association of Wales (FAW).

Mooney is leaving a job at UEFA to head the Welsh football body from 30 August.

The 44-year-old replaces Jonathan Ford who left the association following a vote of no confidence in March.

“In this next chapter of Welsh football, we will grow and evolve the game to become more popular and more successful.” Mooney said.

Mooney has spent the last 10 years with UEFA, most recently as Head of Business Development for National Associations, having held marketing positions after joining the Football Association of Ireland.

In 2019, he was seconded to the FAI, taking the interim management of the association in times of financial crisis. His appointment was criticized by the Irish Sports Minister given links to former FAI Managing Director John Delaney.

Mooney returned to UEFA after stepping away from wanting the FAI role permanently, but subsequently beat a number of candidates to secure the vacant FAW post.

FAW President Kieran O’Connor – who will step down himself to be replaced by Steve Williams next month – oversaw the nomination process.

He said: “The FAW has identified Noel as the right person to lead the FAW into a new era of success and evolution.

“He has extensive experience working in all European national associations over the past decade to develop European football and we are delighted that Noel has agreed to focus his experience and skills to develop football in Wales.”

Mooney added: “The mission is very clear and I look forward to working with everyone in Welsh football to reach our full potential.

“I have enjoyed working with great people to develop European football at UEFA over the past decade and now the focus will be on ensuring that FAW becomes one of the best football associations in the world at all levels being strong locally in every village and town across Wales. ”

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