The Scottish Football Association


Exclusive Stewart Regan interview

Friday, 26 August 2011

Stewart Regan, the Scottish FA chief executive, has outlined his intention for the governing body to play a bigger role in the debate over league reconstruction.
In an exclusive interview, he expressed his disappointment that all Scottish representatives have been eliminated from European competition by the end of August. None the less, he is adamant that the changes implemented by the Scottish FA - including the appointments of the Performance Director, Mark Wotte, and the new under-17 coach, Ricky Sbragia - will ensure a brighter future.
Of more immediate concern is addressing the impasse over plans for league reconstruction and a pyramid system: two key issues documented in the Henry McLeish Review of Scottish football. Regan is involved in constant dialogue with Neil Doncaster and David Longmuir, the chief executives of the SPL and SFL, and believes the Scottish FA can play a more influential role in effecting changes that will have an immediate impact on the game.
"What has happened this week is very disappointing but we have to look forward," said Regan. "There is no point moaning or being critical without having something constructive to add to the debate. Changes are taking place but they will not bear fruit for some time.
"That said, we are aware of the debate on league reconstruction and the need to revisit what is best for the game in the short-term. I believe we can provide more assistance to get the clubs over the line."

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