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Peat's new SFA role in Smith successor search

SFA president George Peat (left) and former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith
Peat (left) has assumed executive powers following Smith's departure

Scottish Football Association president George Peat has assumed executive powers while the governing body searches for Gordon Smith's successor.

Gordon Smith resigned on Monday after nearly three years in the role, citing personal problems among other factors.

The decision to put Peat in temporary charge was made at a board meeting at Hampden on Wednesday.

Smith took up the post of chief executive in 2007, having formerly worked as a BBC Scotland sports pundit.

The former Rangers midfielder Smith played for Kilmarnock and Brighton, while he had a spell as assistant manager with St Mirren.

He stepped down after revealing concern over the health of his elderly patients, among other factors.

"It's not purely personal reasons, or the negativity I've experienced...the timing is right," he said.

Speaking on Tuesday, Peat thanked Smith for his efforts, adding: "We understand and appreciate his reasons for leaving."

see also
Smith stepping down from SFA role
19 Apr 10 |  Scotland
Gordon Smith's reign in pictures
19 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Levein appointed Scotland manager
23 Dec 09 |  Football
Scots stand by interview process
24 Jan 08 |  Internationals
Burley appointed Scotland manager
24 Jan 08 |  Internationals

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