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. i'vehadtochangemyname on

    can you add ‘not to mock sexual abuse survivors’ to the job description list paulus67

  2. thomthethim for Oscar OK on

    For the SFA to change, the DNA of the country would have to be re- programmes.



    DC or BC

  3. Thom


    I read that major social change usually takes three generations to achieve, in scotland I would up that, most of them are still living in the 1600s ffs, a fair few generations there mi amigo.



  4. Fed up getting rubbished by nomarks like Levein ,McCann etc, grow a pair Celtic and put them down where they belong.

  5. Evening, CELTERLA DISAPPEARS BIG JIMMY REAPPEARS???????? Anyway 2-0 moussa tomorrow and a draw with hibs sevco do nicely

  6. Bada


    You would have thot that after all this time saying feck all and bending over, we would have gotten to a better standing within the game, sadly we seem to be going backwards, the last thing they want is a strong Celtic, we really need to stand up to them, without us the game in scotland is finished, why we keep letting them away with it is a mind feck to me.



  7. !!BADA BING!! on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 2:55 PM


    For anyone wirh Kodi, Livenet.tv is a brilliant app, youtube show you how to install…



    Belated thank you for the tip. Installed on Fire Stick and looking really good

  8. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Bada and The Exiled Tim, I agree we have to fight fire with fire with regards to Avril Levein’s and McCann’s ridiculous comments this week.



    These two no marks are deserving of hee haw respect from us. Respect earns respect with neither of them ever showing any to us.



    Tomorrow will be another tough game for us. I would like Kieran to get a break. Calvin Miller can do a goid job for us.

  9. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    Also, if Broadfoot is playing , put him under as much pressure as possible as he will lose it and do something stupid, again.

  10. Dallas


    Hopefully Stevie Clark’s Killie don’t try and kick the feck out of us, hopefully, I agree Kieran needs a rest from the cloggers, the tackle into his knee in the week was a shocker, a red all day long in a proper league, it’s par for the course against us tho.


    As for standing up to them, never gonna happen, the back of the bus is the place to be for the suits it seems, our ancestors will be turning in their graves, they didn’t fight for this silence.



  11. Have you ever been to or read about the Crazy Horse monument in S Dakota google it


    The family has been chipping away at the mountain for over 70 years and they are only halfway to completion


    Their tenacity is admirable it reminds me of a group of people in Scotland who are chipping away at an Association that detests them , and thankfully the people (not WATP) like their fathers before them keep going one little chip at a time


    Sometimes there are slides but because they know they are right these people have leaders who are patient and know they are winning battles that will lead to winning the war


    The monument will be completed sometime in the future it will be a testament to a family’s determination to follow through on their fathers vision


    Keep chipping away it’s working

  12. Finally, Eboue Kouassi.






    Hearts Manager barking up the wrong tree…. Kouassssssi. WOW.



    On-Loan ….. nae way.



    That Midfield on Tuesday was IT.



    Zenit game cannae come quick enough.



    I dinnae normally record the games I’m watching on TV.



    I’m recording Tomorrows game.



    If the Linesman was not Cheating like the Referee. Celtic would have been 6 or 7 up before the hun lite scored.




    Celtic is Good.






    Celtic is Good .



    Moussa is gonnae ROCK.




    Kouassi is Gonnae win just about Every challenge.




  13. TIMHORTON on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 4:02 PM





    find gordon dalziel prtty honest, always gives credit to celtic when due. imo.



    *think his lad is a Celtic supporter

  14. Should we take bets on which hun will be wheeled out tomorrow by the failing mssm with another negative story?


    Or with a positive headline about their favourites sevco?


    Chris Jack could lead off with- Real Madrid plead with the Chinese don’t take-away Morelos!!!!


    Keith Jackson -Celtic fans force brilliant SFA man to resign with threats of violence.


    Chick Young-Morelos is delighted to have seen Dave Kings warchest.

  15. Dallas Dallas where the heck is Dallas on

    The Exiled Tim, A Killie fan I work with is very impressed with how determined and disciplined their players have become since Steve Clarke arrived. I have a feeling they will be very physical with us tomorrow as Steve Clarke will know , from his time at St Mirren, how lenient refs are towards opposition players. I’m hoping we play as close to the 11 that played v Hearts as possible tomorrow .



    I dont know why our board /PR people do not respond to provocative coments made against us by managers of other clubs.

  16. thomthethim for Oscar OK on








    I read that major social change usually takes three generations to achieve, in scotland I would up that, most of them are still living in the 1600s ffs, a fair few generations there mi amigo.










    Three generations ,you say?


    Three centuries hasb’t changed them.



    The thing that bothers them the most is how often we put the ball in the back of the net, on our way to collection trophies.



    Oh aye, and the deeply buried knowledge is that they’re deid!!





  17. !!BADA BING!!



    No, just Googled it and realised I could just put it straight on the Fire Stick. Did I miss something?

  18. The Blogger Formerly Known As GM on

    Trying to decipher the jibberish in the BBC story on the non-transfer of Mehez to Man City it implies City value Roberts at 35 million (I think).



    Meanwhile the Arsenal manager is complaining about the financial clout of a few big clubs is distorting competition.



    Could that not be extrapolated to say ‘the financial clout of a few big leagues is distorting competition’?

  19. i'vehadtochangemyname on







    an embankment built to prevent the overflow of a hurtin current bun.


    a ridge of sediment deposited naturally alongside a river by overflowing bile




    a landing place; a quay, which recognises they can’t attain former illgotten achievements

  20. THOMTHETHIM @ 4.52



    Probably the truest thing ever said or posted on CQN in all it’s years.



    Stewart Regan leaving behind a tissue of lies and deceit, six years salary after he oversaw the biggest slight of hand in the history of football, not just Scottish football.



    Whilst fears about Leanne Dempster resemble Bobby Madden phobia with an administration virulent dead club bias it leaves Celtic exactly where we were the day before Regan resigned, and since 1888.

  21. BB- if you go to settings you can delete countries you dont want content from, speeds app up seemingly

  22. tontine tim,if your about, my mothers cousin was married to frank murphy who played for celtic, dont know much about him or what era he played.hh.

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