David Martin ruled out of race for IFA deputy president

David Martin
David Martin is a former treasurer of the IFA

Former Irish FA treasurer David Martin has been ruled out of the race to become the body's deputy president.

Martin failed a suitabality assessment carried out by an independent commission earlier this week.

Last year Martin and then IFA president Raymond Kennedy had to leave their positions after former Sports Minister Nelson McCausland made it clear that funding for Windsor Park was at risk.

The election is scheduled to take place on Monday night.

The remaining candidates for the job are thought to include IFA vice-presidents Jack Grundie and Terry Pateman.

Kennedy and Martin were forced to step down following the publication of an independent report into the unfair dismissal of ex-chief executive Howard Wells, costing the IFA £500,000.

The report was highly critical of both Kennedy and Martin.

Following their departure, the government, in conjunction with Sport NI, agreed to hand over a £61m package to the IFA to refurbish Windsor Park and other stadia.

It was understood that Martin may have amassed enough support among the IFA Executive Council members to have made him favourite for Monday night's election.

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