Eight candidates for the position of FAI permanent chief executive will be interviewed over the next 48 hours by a panel including a Uefa observer.
Gary Owens, who has held the post on an interim basis since January, is favourite to take the vacancy but it’s understood Sarah Keane has emerged as the strongest of the rivals.
Keane was elected as the first-ever female president of the Olympic Federation of Ireland in 2017 and holds a full-time executive post at Swim Ireland.
The FAI board appointed recruitment consultants Odgers Berndtson to lead the search, with former England FA managing director Adam Bevington and Mick O’Keefe, chief executive of PR firm Teneo Ireland, also believed to be in the running.
The interview panel is composed equally of FAI directors and Sport Ireland nominees, with a Uefa official also participating.
Once the initial interviews are completed by tomorrow, the final round of
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