Speaking at a press conference on Friday afternoon, the Boston-based businessman discussed his decision to resign from his position as CEO of Kerry FC to invest in the operation at Oriel Park.
He revealed that it was a conversation with former owner, Seán O’Connor, that led to him taking over at Dundalk FC last Thursday.
“Basically, I know Sean and I do a bit of business with him with my club in America with STATSports and we were really calling just for a chat about business and it came up about four weeks ago or so, or it could be five, but it wasn’t long ago,” said Brian.
“We were talking business and then I asked about his company and Dundalk and when we were talking about Dundalk, I had sent a couple of people from America to actually chat with him about investing in the club before and he started to talk to me more in-depth about it and how he wanted to get out of it.
“So I listened to more of what he was talking about and I thought maybe I’d be interested in this. He started to send me information about the club and then we got serious. I called a few people that I know and I was coming back to Kerry 10-12 days ago. We had a banquet down in Kerry and I decided to come up here on Friday and Saturday to see the place because I hadn’t seen this place so that’s how quickly it came about.
“I wasn’t trying to leave Kerry for anything but it’s just that a great opportunity came my way and I wanted to take advantage of it. It’s like anything in life, it was just good timing for me and a good opportunity.”
Ainscough said he would be forever proud of what was achieved at Kerry.
“It means a lot to me Kerry. We got a good chance to take it over the line and put senior football down there. I’m proud of that and a little heartbroken that I’m not part of it anymore but I see this as a better opportunity for me.”
Ainscough also said that fans shouldn’t be concerned about him jumping ship in the future following his exit from Mounthawk Park to move to Oriel Park.
“People could look at that in any way they want. Like I said, I got the opportunity. Like a player being competitive, Kerry are five or ten years away from being anywhere near what Dundalk is and probably not even then, right?
“Dundalk are at the highest level of soccer here. Whether I like it or not, it helps my profile. I want to be with the best. I’m not a player but I feel like I’ll be there supporting them and making sure they’re able to go out there and play against the best and that’s what I want to be part of.
“This is the highest level of Irish football and I’m glad I’m part of it now,” he said.