Regan Exits Hampden And Chief Executive Post

Written by on February 1, 2018

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has stepped down from his position.

Regan, who had been in the post for eight years, says he recognises the “need for change”.

He has come in for severe criticism recently over his handling of a successor to Gordon Strachan as national coach.

The 53-year-old was expected to be questioned at an SFA board members at a meeting on Thursday over his failure to secure Michael O’Neill.

The Northern Ireland manager turned down the after talks with Regan, opting to stay with his native country.

Former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith described the situation as an “embarrassment”.

Regan acknowledged he had faced “challenging head winds” during his tenure but is proud of overseeing growth in the game.

He said he had devoted time to “modernising, protecting, developing and promoting” football in Scotland.

Scotland missed out on qualification for the 2018 World Cup and are still searching for a new manager after Strachan’s departure in October.

There is also still uncertainty over where Scotland will play international matches in future, with a decision over whether to renew the SFA’s lease on Hampden, which expires in 2020, or relocate to Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby, delayed

The SFA also found itself at odds with leading clubs and players last week over its decision to schedule end-of-season friendlies in Peru and Mexico.

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