DERRY CITY: FAI announce prizemoney freeze

27 February 2015; Players from each of the SSE Airtricity League Premier division teams are from left, Keith Ward, Sligo Rovers, Michael Slingerman, Drogheda United, Shane Duggan, Limerick F.C, Ger O'Brien, St.Patrick's Athletic, John Dunleavy, Cork City, Jason Byrne, Bohemians F.C, Conor Kenna, Shamrock Rovers, Stephen O'Donnell, Dundalk F.C, Paul Sinnott, Galway United, Mark Sammon, Longford Town, Ryan McBride, Derry City and David Cassidy, Bray Wanderers, during the launch of the SSE Airtricity League. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
27 February 2015; Players from each of the SSE Airtricity League Premier division teams are from left, Keith Ward, Sligo Rovers, Michael Slingerman, Drogheda United, Shane Duggan, Limerick F.C, Ger O'Brien, St.Patrick's Athletic, John Dunleavy, Cork City, Jason Byrne, Bohemians F.C, Conor Kenna, Shamrock Rovers, Stephen O'Donnell, Dundalk F.C, Paul Sinnott, Galway United, Mark Sammon, Longford Town, Ryan McBride, Derry City and David Cassidy, Bray Wanderers, during the launch of the SSE Airtricity League. Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
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THE FAI have announced that prizemoney for this season’s SSE Airtricity League campaign will be the same as last year.

However, according to FAI official , Fran Gavin, FAI Chief Executive John Delaney is currently in talks with a potential additional sponsor for the league which could increase any prize pot.

“We should have news on that over the next six weeks and any income from that will go on top of the sponsorship.” said Gavin at last Friday’s League press launch at the Aviva Stadium.

“The total pot, including FAI Cup and EA Sports Cup is about E430,000. It’s E100,000 for the Premier winners. E50,000 for the FAI Cup winners.”

Meanwhile, the FAI will begin a two month consultation process into the mechanics of the SSE Airtricity League this week.

Declan Conroy, who led Ireland’s successful Euro 2020 bid, has been charged with heading it up.

Conroy will speak to all 20 clubs in the league as well as supporters and referees and media representatives. It will start this week and, as part of the process, every club will be met individually and the public will also be invited to express their views.

“There are two objectives: to get views on how the clubs and the league currently operates and also to get opinions on how the clubs and the league can move forward,” said Mr Gavin.

“I am sure there will be lots of different opinions but we want to hear them. This League has a big heritage and we need to work hard and work together if we are to make it strong for the future.”

“We will get the views of everybody who is currently involved in some form of professional and senior football in Ireland.

At the end of the consultation process, Conroy will release a report

“I’ve done a lot of work for FIFA the last three years.” added Conroy. “Hopefully I can bring a bit of that into this process.”