Scottish FA boss Stewart Regan quits

Stewart Regan.

The chief executive of the Scottish FA has this afternoon resigned.

Stewart Regan quit his post almost eight years after he took on the role, and has faced criticism recently over the prolonged process of appointing a new national manager and the announcement of an end-of-season trip to Mexico and Peru.

Regan said: “I have devoted my time in Scotland to modernising, protecting, developing and promoting the game, while facing into some extremely challenging head winds during my time in the job.

“While it has been tough, I am proud to leave having overseen a period of significant change and substantial growth following the McLeish Report in 2010.

“We are now at another staging point and I recognise that it is now time for further change. I have decided to step aside to allow new leadership to take the organisation forward.

“I would like to thank the staff for their energy, hard work and support during my tenure.

“Their love of the game mirrors Scotland’s passion for football and I am proud to have served the Association.”

Chief operating officer Andrew McKinlay will manage the day-to-day business during the interim period.

SFA president Alan McRae said: “I would like to place on record my thanks and appreciation to Stewart for his commitment to Scottish football.

“He has worked tirelessly and has helped drive through a number of improvements to the governance of the game in the country.

“The search for a new chief executive will begin immediately as we will continue to drive Scottish football forward on and off the pitch.”