The Scottish FA has announced the departure of chief executive, Stewart Regan, with immediate effect.
Regan’s resignation comes around eight years after his appointment to the role and was party to one of the most scandalous periods in Scottish football history, as the Scottish FA and the then SPL tried to bully, threaten and bribe clubs into accepting the new Rangers into the top flight just weeks after the old club was liquidated owing tens of millions of pounds to creditors.
The late Raith Rovers chairman Turnbull Hutton stood up to the Armageddon threats of Regan and Doncaster and made sure that the sporting integrity of our game was upheld, despite the subsequent death threats and threats to burn down Starks Park.
Despite the Scottish FA’s fantastical and wishy-washy statement lauding the organisation during Regan’s tenure, he is regarded as one of the worst chiefs in the organisation’s history by football fans.
His failure to land Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill as the new Scotland manager following the departure of Gordon Strachan, failure of the national team to qualify for a major tournament during his tenure, his comments around Hampden Park and organising a meaningless South American tour to the detriment of our clubs’ European qualification campaigns looks to have been the final straw for the Scottish FA board.
While most fans would question why he was still in the position after the Rangers scandal in 2012 and subsequently refusing to re-open the investigation into Rangers’ dodgy EBT dealings following the Supreme Court ruling in favour of HMRC.
Questions must be asked also around the manner of his departure, in such instances, there is an interim period which the organisation would use to look at successors but the hasty departure of Regan smells of him being sacked and given a payoff to leave immediately rather than him resigning. How much was the payoff out of interest?
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Departing chief Stewart Regan said: “I have devoted my time in Scotland to modernising, protecting, developing and promoting the game, whilst facing into some extremely challenging head winds during my time in the job. While it has been tough, I am proud to leave having overseen a period of significant change and substantial growth following the McLeish Report in 2010.
“We are now at another staging point and I recognise that it is now time for further change. I have decided to step aside to allow new leadership to take the organisation forward.
“I would like to thank the staff for their energy, hard work and support during my tenure. Their love of the game mirrors Scotland’s passion for football and I am proud to have served the Association.”
Alan McRae, President, added: “I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to Stewart for his commitment to Scottish football. He has worked tirelessly and has helped drive through a number of improvements to the governance of the game in the country.
“The search for a new Chief Executive will begin immediately as we will continue to drive Scottish football forward on and off the pitch.”
Chief Operating Officer, Andrew McKinlay, will take over the day to day role while a successor for Regan is found.