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Regan, asked to leave as a tainted failure

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Let’s be clear, the job of chief executive of the SFA is thankless and destined for failure, of one variety or another. Even if you have the necessary skills to deliver commercial success (which the last two incumbents didn’t), if you appoint a national team manager who qualifies for a tournament, if your internal Data Protection systems are fit for purpose and you insist on doing the right thing, you are going to fail.

The SFA member clubs (there are over 90), it’s legions of utterly useless committee members, each without anything better to do than attend committee meetings, anchor the organisation in inept conservatism.

There was a gleam of light when Stewart Regan was appointed in 2010. They realised Gordon Smith, who did not meet the advertised criteria for the job, did not have the experience required to run an organisation of this size and profile. Regan, with enterprise-level commercial experience, as well as his gig at Yorkshire County Cricket, met all the criteria. He should have been a good appointment.

Instead, over 7 years later, his board made it clear his resignation was required.

Rejecting a request by the Scottish Professional League for a review of matters into the biggest club failure in the history of the game, one which tainted the immediate SFA past president and a current office holder, is a sack-able offence.

When the professional clubs ask the SFA to examine the conduct of its office holders, it has no choice but to do so. Those who attempt to cover up always fall on their swords.

I am led to believe there was an arrogance about Regan, who saw himself as an impenetrable big beast, who would seek shelter in the numbers of the Highland League, when the game’s other big beasts attempted to invoke corporate responsibility. He didn’t like dissent and could dismiss whatever he wanted as long as he held sway with those who populated the many and varied committees.

At the first sight of vulnerability, he was gone. Having asked for permission to speak to Michael O’Neill, only to be rejected was enough. He had burned all his bridges.

The SFA now need a competent administrator to downsize the organisation. The Association should be in the business of correctly registering players, training and appointing match officials, running the Scottish Cup and ensuring the various youth and other amateur elements of the game are properly resourced (which they are not currently).

Get out of Hampden, use Celtic Park, Ibrox, (new) Pittodrie, Easter Road or Tynecastle instead of pouring money into another sport’s coffers. Cull the useless committees, reign-in the gravy train and have clear and ethical rules of engagement.

Those hoping for change will do well to remember how we thought Gordon Smith’s replacement had to be better. Regan was, but he, and the next person, will be appointments of the system. Cultural change at the SFA will take years. But remember, at any point in time, a future SFA board can decide to review matters in the past, including the performance of Mr Regan.

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  1. Take it Levein never considered when Scotland manager dropping Scott brown in order to protect the other team………Chump

  2. Sorry about this, Mods – but there’s a piss-poor bit of sycophancy in the Scotsman today, written about Regan by Andrew ‘H’ Smith. A craven attempt to have Regan give his version of events, at some time in the future, in the Scotsman.

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    Been travelling so missed yesterday/today’s comments section. I have asked the Mods not to get involved in conversations here.

     

     

    I have set out policy, they are asked to act based on policy. If you have any questions regarding why a Mod as acted on your comment, please email me….. or use the blog as an outlet for your testosterone (honestly, it’s that transparent), but no one will respond that way.

     

     

    Have a good weekend.

  4. Don’t waste your time reading that bit I mentioned in the Scotsman, by the way! I was just venting. I did read it, and I’ll never get those two minutes back.

  5. Morrissey the 23rd on

    I’m just passing through here

     

    On my way to somewhere civilised

     

    And maybe I’ll even arrive

     

     

    Twitter @Morrissey23rd

  6. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 12:54 PM

     

     

    MIKEINTORONTO

     

     

    Oh,easy money.

     

     

    Hello,Mr Client. I need to see you in my office to quiz you about your defence. This quiz may be difficult for you,but I need to quiz youto ensure you-and I- are prepared for being quizzed in court

     

     

    Because quizzed we will be. Quizzed,then quizzed again.

     

     

    Please respond as quickly as possible.

  7. MIKE IN TORONTO on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 11:58 AM

     

    Davidopolous

     

     

    Yellow card… I don’t think you are allowed to make fun of the gynecomastically or pseudogynocomestically challenged.

     

     

    —————–

     

     

    Wow, is that Americian English?

     

     

    Sounds impressive, but I hope it’s not painful.

     

     

    HH.

  8. The cleverest Hun monkey play here would be to try to get Pistol Pete to the sfa gig!

     

     

    Thankfully they’re not Machiavellian enough cos MacEeAvailie sounds a bit too kafflicky

     

     

    HH jamesgang

  9. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Honestly Paul. I am not bothered that the lying mod who got involved in the conversation today despite your request for them not to deleted my post calling them a liar. It is transparent that you don’t mind the contempt towards people who post on here that your moderator expressed nor have you an issue with the mod calling Mick a liar. I could have responded in a more more friendly manner but if it is good for Connolly it is good for Donnelly.

  10. I just read the interview with the Zenit St Petersburg stadium security officer. The conclusions are:

     

    There will be circa 500 Zenit fans going to Glasgow for the game against Celtic. Zenit and Celtic are working together to make two games safe events for the fans. The problem is that Zenit supporters are well known for causing troubles in Europe. Twelve fans are not allowed to enter Shengen Area. They are probably the only hooligans who cannot go to Scotland for that game. The rest who want to go will buy the tickets.

     

    Due to the UEFA verdict Zenit Ultras Stand should be closed for the game against Celtic. That verdict was given when Zenit ultras put big banner in support for Serbian war mass murderer. The banner said “Radko Mladic a hero of Serbia”.

     

    Zenit Sankt Petersburg are trying to get permission to let “children”, “Zenit Youth Academy” watch the game from the banned stand officially. If they don’t get permission big part of the stadium will be empty for the game.

  11. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    D66

     

     

    Me anaw.

     

     

    Brendan’s comment was to the point,but what it mad up for in subtlety,it severely lacked in aggression.

     

     

    Our players need to be defended against garbage like this. There are rules,via compliance officer,which Levein could have gone through.

     

     

    He knew they weren’t available to him. Due in no small way to the fact that that there was no offence!

     

     

    But,mouth off to the Scottish media? Job done,and our player is a marked man.

     

     

    Personally,I’d sue him. Broonie can afford it.

     

     

    Better still,and it should be a default in a situation like this…

     

     

    THE CLUB SHOULD COME OUT WITH ALL GUNS BLAZING AND HIT EVERYONE. LEVEIN,EVERY COMMENTATOR,EVERY PRESSMAN.

     

     

    TAKE THEM ALL ON!!!

     

     

    Naw. Supine. Yet PL is apparently the most powerful man in Scottish Football.

  12. traditionalist88 on

    !!BADA BING!!

     

     

    Thanks for link re. Roberts. Not sure if City would have been able to cut loan short even if they’d wanted to?

     

     

    HH

  13. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MORRISSEY THE 23RD on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 1:13 PM

     

     

    Honestly Paul. I am not bothered that the lying mod who got involved in the conversation today despite your request for them not to deleted my post calling them a liar. It is transparent that you don’t mind the contempt towards people who post on here that your moderator expressed nor have you an issue with the mod calling Mick a liar. I could have responded in a more more friendly manner but if it is good for Connolly it is good for Donnelly.

     

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    That’s unbelievable that your post got deleted. I had to take the mod word,and I still do of course,despite being told different. But your experience suggests a selective approach,to say the least.

     

     

    I know the reference your making,btw. It’s the one which started it all off,about a fortnight ago. And,I think it is still there. Not deleted. Allowed to stand. And led to the hell-hole we now find ourselves in.

     

     

    Time to forget about it,I reckon. There’s a game tomorrow.

     

     

    Killie are on a decent run. And managed by a decent bloke.

     

     

    He used to sit next to me in English and Maths!!!

  14. Would you believe that I had actually missed that Regan had resigned.

     

     

    His replacement? Meh

     

     

    The king is dead, long live the king…

  15. BOBBY MURDOCH’S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 1:18 PM

     

     

    Agree mate

     

     

    I posted last night that a mate told me that even that half wit gordon dalziel said on snyde that levein was way out of order and another caller pointed out how the mini huns are bottom of the fair play league and the Celtic were top yet scottish football has to be protected from Scott Brown, honestly!

     

    levein your a total tosspot!

  16. My reply from Celtic`s Liaison Officer re Levein`s slur on Scott Brown was that Brendan would probably comment on the issue today

     

    JJ

  17. Morrissey the 23rd on

    Being jailed for 43 years by an Asian woman from a Sikh Punjabi background can’t be the best day Darren Osborne has ever had.

  18. Bobby, I was meaning who copied whos school work?

     

    ………………………………………………………………………………

     

    Killie are on a decent run. And managed by a decent bloke.

     

     

    He used to sit next to me in English and Maths!!!

  19. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    MORRISSEYTHE23RD

     

     

    The problem with people like that is that sending a message like 43 years ya racist murdering bassa won’t stop hatred.

     

     

    Nothing will stop hatred.

     

     

    But it might be a while till he does it again. Which is a start. And the Judge,oh,lovely…

  20. BOBBY MURDOCH'S CURLED-UP WINKLEPICKERS on

    BARNEY67

     

     

    Ah! Naw,we were awright wi most subjects.

     

     

    Ish

     

     

    It was Physics that done us. The worst Physics dept in the world.

     

     

    Oh,I still wonder how some of those so-called teachers kept a job. Any decent Physics teacher jumped ship to RE or Maths,Admin or Guidance. Anything but stay in that dept.

     

     

    Seriously,but heyho,long time ago.

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