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. thomthethim for Oscar OK on




    As long as the SFA run the game, with the apparent support of all but one club, then things won’t change.



    Sabre rattling by Celtic won’t change a thing, except to drae Rule Book approved sanctions on the club.



    UEFA? Aye, right.



    Those who have been on here longer than a wet weekend and don’t scroll by my occasional posts, will have noticed that I used to sign off with DC or BC.



    I used it again earlier today, for old times sake.




    What would GASL want with £8 million?



    I was brought up in North Glasgow and was at (Proddy) primary school in the early 70’s. One of my pals had managed to get Derek Johnstone’s autograph and it was signed “Derek Johnstone FTP” (to a primary school-aged child). This was one of the things that, once I realised its significance, made me a Celtic Supporter

  3. Good evening folks,



    Bada Bing,



    Just loaded the LiveTV app to my firestick. Many thanks for the share.



    Looks a great app.



    HH Dan

  4. BassB


    It’s the mentality of the majority sad to say, it’s where we are today, change, it won’t be happening in my grandweans lifetime, I always thought it would, but it’s getting worse if anything, the better we get………..






    I think the overt shamelessness of it shocked me, even as a child. I think things have now become, on the face of it, more PC but that the attitudes underneath are just the same. Our continuing success is just pouring fuel on an ever-burning fire.

  6. isint,it weird how everything in our native land goes down sectarian lines catholic support celtic prod you support rainjurs if you are a catholic like me it was the cubs or boy scouts the prods it was the boys brigade if catholic more likely to vote labour if prod it was the consevative and unionist party.hh.




    I supported Rangers as a young child, purely because I went to a Protestant school and everyone supported Rangers or else. I also went to the Boys Brigade with my pals, but soon realised it was all marching and mini-paramilitary pish. The D Johnstone FTP autograph was a bit of a turning point, where even as a young child I realised that this was unacceptable and hateful. I wanted none of it

  8. Dan- no bother, if you go to Livenet tv website on your phone, download on android , quality is great HH

  9. So let me get this latest article right.



    1. Regan got sacked because he didn’t sanction a review but actually he didn’t it was really because he made a mess of the managerial appointment. Confused? That’s probably the intention.



    2. Get out of Hampden and go to Celtic park and Ibrox. Mmmmmmm. That sounds a bit old firmly doesn’t it? He might mention a few other clubs but hey we are back in the old firm business again. Yeah. Woohoo. Isn’t it great that CQN (and presumably the board) are colluding with the Hun so that the Hun can get more money. Ain’t that nice. Good one Paul. After you you did say how much you missed the Hun in that BBC interview didn’t you. But funnily enough you love to keep talking about their demise and cheating. Which one is it Paul? Or are you just playing us all along while having some port with King etc? Old firm back eh? It’s like nothing happened.



    3. But my favourite? Remember a future sfa board can call a review……it’s my all time favourite, a staple of CQN propaganda. Your friend and mine. It’s JAM TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!. Yeeeeehaaaaaaaa. Don’t you be worrying about that review that Celtic politely asked for and then politely were a little disappointed didn’t happen. Don’t you worry about Celtic not pouncing now that Regan has gone and asking for that review. Don’t fret that the “vacuum” will undoubtedly delay the coo investigation. Because, my friends, at some future point (maybe in a different universe) the sfa board might, somehow, for some reason decide to review matters. No honestly it might/will/won’t happen. It’s as sure a a morelas chimes £10m bid that it will. It’s JAM TOMORROW!!!!!! The crowd goes wild.



    And to top it all off Paul says nothing about the rabid mods telling us all how terrible we are posting tittle tattle and the like.



    Cos let’s face it Paul holds us all in as much contempt as the board does.



    After all he does publish this tripe propaganda. Are you teaching tray nor all he knows Paul






    Jam tomorrow






    Wonderful nonsense.

  10. !!BADA BING!! on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 5:51 PM


    BB- best quality app i have seen, did you youtube install video?




    HH fella, hope your well.


    Go to YouTube and it’ll show you how to download UK TV app, they’ve just included Celtic TV.


    Take care ;

  11. Many thanks Bada Bing, appreciated. It’s Guinness time at the pub, but will try the phone app later.









    I don’y know, it just seemed so obvious to me that what those guys were saying was wrong. It was hatred and bigotry. I never got that from Celtic – any hatred was hatred of the bigotry aimed at us, and I’m OK with that.

  13. Sad to hear another rebellious, dissenting, malcontent has been barred from CQN and the blog is poorer for it. UTR Hh

  14. Bass Bhoy,



    My own arrival at Celtic in the sixties was for similar reasons. I went to a proddy school, played in the school team. Against Catholic teams we always got stuck in as did they! I never thought anything about it….it was a matter of pride.



    I attended Rangers games during the Brand/Miller era and was devastated when a visiting Moscow Torpedo gave Rangers a football lesson at Ibrox. Supporting Rangers led to the Lodge and to comments like, “why has that boy not been on a march?” When I saw and heard the obsenities surrounding a “walk”, The penny dropped that all was not well. I did not have a name for it at that time, but it was institutionalised bigotry. When I looked at Celtic I saw a club founded for charitable reasons and, despite, the Catholic image, a club that was open to all religions amongst fans, players, and management.



    I have never regreted my decision and I wonder if there are fair minded, rational fans of a blue flavour that are ashamed of the behaviour of their comrades, and of their Board. I assume they do exist but are they simply afraid to voice their disapproval? Very, very sad. How many people have given up on Scottish football because of the disgusting bigotry of the Sevco fans, and others?




  15. NEGANON2 on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 7:15 PM



    I think that you raise some interesting points there. Well done.

  16. REBUS67 and bass bhoy, outstanding posts, would that have happened in reverse dont think so .hh.

  17. REBUS67



    I think there are lot of people who, through no fault of their own, end up in the Rangers End and, because they are not Huns, make their own choices. I truly believe that bigotry is not a birthright

  18. Gerryfaethebrig on

    Wonder if any of the new Bhoys will get a sniff tomorrow, if he keeps impressing maybe Kouassi could be our best addition to the first team if he keeps the jersey



    Delighted not to lose Moussa and over the moon that the Griff is going nowhere, was dreading a £5m Leeds bid (with real money) in case our pesky board chased the £’s signs, they do love a balance sheet and as a pesky board they don’t care about the fans



    Roll on the Killie put that Stevie Clarke in his place



    We should have signed him fae St Mirren !

  19. NEGANON2 on 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 7:15 PM




    HH fella, I love you.


    I would never ask you to do something.


    But, I think that folk like your grand old self, and a few others, will have to realise that, nothing is going to happen, in terms of justice, nothing will happen no matter how many mountains of evidence that the Internet Bampots turn up, nothing will be done. You can either, let it go, or, you can trim years off your life, as apathy slowly kills this, plastic version of, Celtic FC.


    Good luck NEGANON2, if I look in one day, I’ll hopefully see that, unlike a lot of innocent Celtic supporters, that you have, finally, let it go.



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