Regan, asked to leave as a tainted failure


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. One more for Dennis –



    ” Tension in the air / fear in the air ”



    I recently read that the election of Trump had seen a significant rise in the sale (and radio play ) of late 60s /early 70’s choons . Maybe what was true then is just as true today .




  2. Big Georges Fan Club - Hail, Hail, Wee Oscar on

    BT – sorry to hear about your uncle – prayers for him and your family.



    Gerryfaethebrig – WeeBGFC got me up in time to make his breakfast – Irish recipe link sausages – not bad, but I wish someone over here would stock Clonakilty Sausages – they are magic :-)



    Oanywho – boots on and just heading out the door.



    Love to see Musonda today, but not at the expense of Wee Jimmy Forrest who has been one of out top performers all season. Perhaps inside in place of wee Calum, who has been carrying the loss of Rogic and Armstrong for a while, and looks in need of a bit of a rest.



    Other than that – same team as against the Hertz.



    Looking forward to see the monster that is Kouassi – the bhoy is a beast !!






  3. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    Looking forward to seeing the line up today for that Killie surface although it seems that Charly’s mum has suggested one position filled anyway ! Might make sense as the surface should be slick with the rain.



    Will watch match on BT Sport then dash over to see the Spartans v East Kilbride clash at Ainslie Park. EK top by 6 pts from Spartans who have 4 games in hand. Should be a cracker.



    Sorry Jobo, but Spartans to edge it by the odd goal ?

  4. Goooooood morning CQN:-)


    Only an hour and half to wait



    Gutenberg- please wish your dad a belated very very hooooopy 80th, will say so myself at next home game


    Just on the power of CQN


    I posted last week, looking for info to try and contact the Bhoy who sits next to me at Paradise, and been missing this past 3 months, ( sits directly 2 rows behind that Gutenberg and his Auld Da)


    Anyway, through a family member of a fellow CQN’r ( and cowiebhoy:-)), I was given his contact number, so yesterday I called Eddie, who was absolutely delighted that he was contacted and being thought of by his fellow Bhoys


    So Michael, James, Edward & James, Eddie will be back with us in the near future, once full recovery from his recent health issues are over, to see us get 7



    Hail Hail



    PS- eddies own Bhoy broke his ankle at end of last year, hence he has not been there either, got his stoakie, off last week, so he will be returning shortly as well

  5. Auldheid


    A wee cone or a pkt of crisps. I’m of a slightly younger vintage than your good self.


    HH and many thanks for your endeavours on Res 12 and other issues.

  6. Celtic Squad v Kilmarnock


    12 Games 8 Shut Outs Craig Gordon


    01 Games 0 Shut Outs Dorus De Vries


    32 Games 3 Goals Scott Brown


    16 Games 3 Goals James Forrest


    10 Games 8 Goals Leigh Griffiths


    09 Games 2 Goals Tom Rogic


    09 Games 1 Goals Nir Bitton


    09 Games 0 Goals Mikael Lustig


    08 Games 1 Goals Callum McGregor


    07 Games 3 Goals Stuart Armstrong


    06 Games 1 Goals Kieran Tierney


    05 Games 0 Goals Patrick Roberts


    04 Games 2 Goals Moussa Dembele


    04 Games 2 Goals Scott Sinclair


    04 Games 0 Goals Dedryck Boyata


    03 Games 0 Goals Kristoffer Ajer


    03 Games 0 Goals Kouassi Eboue


    03 Games 0 Goals Jozo Simunovic


    03 Games 0 Goals Erik Sviatchenko


    02 Games 1 Goals Anthony Ralston


    02 Games 0 Goals Kundai Benyu


    02 Games 0 Goals Calvin Miller


    02 Games 0 Goals Olivier Ntcham


    01 Games 0 Goals Scott Allan


    01 Games 0 Goals Nadir Ciftci


    01 Games 0 Goals Jonny Hayes


    01 Games 0 Goals Michael Johnston.

  7. Now for the team today


    Don’t think after Tues performance, we should be changing our front 2 of Odsonne and Moussa



    Is it Charly for James and Jack for big Jozo ?????

  8. 50 shades of green on

    Right lets see if I can pick todays team.









    Hendry Dedryck Ajer



    Charly Ollie Broonie Kouassie Sinky



    The French Connection up front.







    Hendry to score today, Celtic to win 3 nil.

  9. embramike says ” Yer team’s deid…Beat it!” on

    Starting line up


    De Vries ; Ajer Hendry Boyata ; Brown Kouassi Ntcham Tierney ; Forrest Dembele Musonda


    Subs: Bain Gamboa Miller Bitton Edouard McGregor Sinclair





    Is that still allowed?



    As for shortening the pitch,that’s moving the goalposts!





    That’s one of the closest team predictions I’ve seen for a while. Well done!

  12. Morning all just realized I hadn’t a song for EBOUE KOUASSI so came up with this …. Song for EBOUE KOUASSI (human league – don’t you want me baby ) The original goes , It’s much too late to find you think you’ve changed your mind , you’d better change it back or we will both be sorry , Don’t you want me baby…. don’t you want me ohhh….. So his would go , It’s a fifty fifty ball but you’ve got no chance at all , you’d better change your mind cos that balls KOUASSI’s … EBOUE KOUASSI … EBOUE ohhh…. EBOUE KOUASSI … EBOUE ohhh…. so all of you lucky people going to the game please sing it for the Top Bhoy :)

  13. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Big George



    Love reading if you and the wee mhans jaunts to watch our team






    Wee blade loves Seton Sands :-)



    Just back fae the pound shop and Christie’s (big Packy que’ed out the door)



    Great start to the day a wee cheque fae Celtic pools £59, not quite the nearly £5k ma mates Mrs win ghe other week but beggars can’t be choosers !

  14. Gerryfaethebrig, aye I knew she is with Hibs,,I just wanted to know,what qualifications do she have for the S F A Executive position,4 0 to the Hoops.

  15. Absolutely, certainly, I have to agree Daryl, to be honest, to tell you the truth, you know, it goes without saying………..

  16. Really excited to see Charly getting his first start. Only seen glimpses of him but his style reminds me of Di Canio, looks confident ,great technique, heaps of skill as well.



    Remember Di Canio terrorizing them at rugby park something similar from wee Charly bhoy would do nicely .




  17. Live pre match from Rugby Park:



    -So Celtic have put their new centre half straight in. Is he any good?



    -We don’t know Daryl, he might be shite. Let’s wait and see if he makes any mistakes so we can have a right good character assassination post match.

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