Independent consultants appointed to oversee Athlone & Waterford

The FAI has announced the appointment of independent consultants to oversee the ongoing situations at Waterford United and Athlone Town.

Former South Tipperary County Manager Ned O’Connor will work with Waterford United and the local football community to address the issues concerning the First Division club.

Mr O’Connor completed an independent report on the future development of senior football in Galway in 2012 that led to the return of a restructured Galway United to the SSE Airtricity League.

Peter McLoone, former general secretary of IMPACT trade union and ex-chairman of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions’ Public Services Committee, has been appointed to conduct an independent interim review into the situation at Athlone Town.

Mr McLoone is to meet with all of the relevant stakeholders of Athlone Town FC, including the Chairman, Board members, Management and Players, as well as supporters groups and potential investors, to discuss recent issues and the long-term future of the club.

“Ned O’Connor and Peter McLoone are two highly regarded individuals who will bring a wealth of experience to assist in both situations. These two clubs have great histories in our league and we wish to ensure that great traditional is maintained to the level required. We hope that the experience of these individuals will assist them to secure stability and re-establish the structures to fulfil their potential as SSE Airtricity League clubs,” said FAI Competitions Director Fran Gavin.

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