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Regan named new Scottish FA chief executive

Regan aims to halt Scottish football's 'drift'

The Scottish Football Association has appointed Stewart Regan as its new chief executive.

Regan, 46, joins the SFA after four years in a similar position with Yorkshire County Cricket Club.

He succeeds Gordon Smith, who ended his three-year spell in the role in April because of personal reasons.

Regan said he aimed to "achieve the obvious common goal of improving the overall standard of the number one sport in this country".

The SFA received more than 80 applications for the vacancy and said it was seeking someone with a strong business background who could handle criticism.

Regan, who is a former Football League director, said he was aware of the debate on the best way forward for the game in Scotland.

"Scottish football has not been immune to the difficulties of the current financial climate but the passion and commitment to the national game in this country remains unrivalled," he said.

"It is this loyalty and dedication that will be essential to re-establishing the game."

Regan, who will take up his new post in October, said Scottish football had "drifted a bit" recently.

"As an outsider looking in I have seen lots of fall-outs, lots of disagreements, challenges and criticisms of how things are done," he added.

Scottish FA president George Peat
Stewart's got a business background and that's what we're looking for

SFA president George Peat

"I think there is a need to draw a line in the sand and say that building football for the future in Scotland isn't just the job of the Scottish FA.

"The Scottish FA can lead, but I think the Scottish FA need to bring people with them and bring partners to the table."

SFA president George Peat said the association was delighted with its appointment

"Of all the applicants, Stewart stood out for the level of his success in business and sport but also for his diversity of experience," he said.

Peat added that the decision to appoint Gordon Smith, a former Rangers, Kilmarnock and Brighton midfielder, as chief executive had been a mistake.


"I was behind Gordon's appointment. I thought it would be a good idea to bring in a football man, as we say, because Gordon had worked with media, he had been a professional footballer and everything else," Peat said.

"But it didn't really work from the business point of view and that's why I think this is a better idea.

"Stewart's got a business background and that's what we're looking for. The SFA has a £30m turnover - it's a business we're running here."

Yorkshire chairman Colin Graves told BBC Radio Leeds: "We're disappointed in some ways but at the same time very pleased for Stewart. He's got himself a big position in football, which he always wanted to do, so I wish him well for the future.

"We are going to do nothing for at least six months, nine months - I will take on the role of chief executive on a daily basis.

"Stewart was under no pressure whatsoever in terms of the financial position of the club. We will be looking at some redundancies, but there won't be many."

see also
Scottish FA nears chief decision
23 Jul 10 |  Scotland
Ogilvie to leave post at Hearts
10 May 10 |  Hearts
McLeish has role in changing game
28 Apr 10 |  Scottish Premier
Peat assumes Smith's role at SFA
21 Apr 10 |  Scotland
Smith stepping down from SFA role
19 Apr 10 |  Scotland

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