Stewart Regan- a man I may have referred to as a “numpty” on this site as recently as last week- has resigned (rather than be fired, is my guess) as head of the Scottish Football Assocation after almost eight years as the organization’s chief executive. I and many other Scotland supporters have wanted this for so long that I’m not sure I can actually process the news.
Regan’s tenure as CEO of the SFA did not have many highlights.* First and foremost Scotland has still not qualified for a major international tournament and there doesn’t appear to be much of a chance of that happening in the near future. Ticket prices to see Scotland fail remain ridiculously high leading to a half (at best) empty Hampden Park for many matches. There’s is uncertainty over Hampden Park’s role as the national stadium in the future. The National Team has lost its sponsor (Vauxhall). And, perhaps most pertinent here, Regan put all of his eggs in one basket by trying to lure Michael O’Neill away from Northern Ireland, and he failed. Not only that, but he had no back-up plan. Not smart.
It’s far too early to guess who might be interested in the position, but let me throw two names out there: Ann Budge of Hearts and Leeann Dempster of Hibernian. I want to say County’s Roy McGregor, but I don’t want him to ever leave the club!!
*Regan did continue the SFA’s policy of not supporting a “Team GB” at the Olympic level, but that was probably done more out of self-preservation- the “optics” of an Englishman in charge of the Scottish FA wanting to essentially cede power back to London, well, they weren’t good. He also oversaw Scotland finally adopting a true promotion/relegation “pyramid system,” so I should give him credit for that as well.