Concerning Stewart Regan…

The chief Executive Officer of the Scottish football Association has been in the job a while now.

There is no shortage of critics, as his handling of issues , from the referees strike through to the collapse of Rangers, and the subsequent shennagins have won him no admirers.

He doesn’t take on board even the most constructive of criticism, and fails to address questions and accept responsibility for his actions, or indeed, for his inactions.

In fact, he appears to be untouchable, coated with teflon and protected by a mainstream media that is reluctant to investigate lest they be found to be compliant.

It’s all a bit of a mess, isn’t it ?

In fact, its been a bit of a mess for the seven and a bit years he’s been in the job.

Remember when he took over ? Remember what he said he would do ?

Lets go back to July 27, 2010..

I do understand Scottish football,”

Indeed, or at least he understands whatever he is told to understand…

“I’m not looking at history,” 

Still doesn’t, In fact, i’m sure what he meant was “you can keep your history”, something gleefully seized on by some venture capitalists who went on to fleece a number of football fans..

“What’s gone is gone. We need to draw a line in the sand now and move forward. Scotland spends too much time looking back the way at how fantastic they were in years gone by. As a country it doesn’t focus on the future and what we need to do to get better.

He said that in 2010, and has been wont to repeat it at every given opportunity.

“I’m only interested in the future and getting key people to the table to make it happen,” 

“When I started at Yorkshire County Cricket Club they had a fantastic tradition of success. They had won seven championships in the 50s and 60s. They had fantastic players like Geoffrey Boycott and Fred Trueman. But they’d won just one championship in 30 years when I took over.

“Everyone talked about them as a great old club and said: ‘it wouldn’t be like this in the good old days’. I couldn’t dismiss the history but I had to look forward. You can’t achieve success without a plan in place. I don’t just have cricket experience. I’ve worked in the Football League, the second tier of English football. I developed that into a major brand. The Championship is the fourth most supported league in Europe and punches well above its weight in terms of numbers.”

Astonishingly, he’s taking credit for the English championship, buoyed by Sky TV money.

He developed it into a major brand, he claims.

Could we be forgiven for expecting him to bring those sort of riches into Scottish football ?

In 2016, BDO summarised a few facts in their annual Football Financial directors Report, of which these were the key findings…

  • EPL clubs will have £8.3bn of broadcasting rights available for distribution over the next three seasons equating to between £100m and £150m per season
  • 88% of EPL clubs expect to make a profit before and after player trading in 2016/17. However, in contrast, 92% of FLC clubs do not expect to make a profit after player trading.
  • 83% of FLC respondents have a wages to turnover ratio of above 75%
  • No Football League 1 (FL1) club considers that their finances are in need of attention. Only 27% of Football League 2 (FL2) clubs believe they might be but still expect to comply with FFP
  • 100% of FL1 and FL2 clubs complied with FFP rules in 2015/16 and expect to do the same in the coming year
  • 73% of FL2 clubs are aware of a formal or informal approach from potential investors in the last 12 months, compared to a third of clubs across all leagues
  • Low broadcasting rights mean that Scottish Premier League clubs rely heavily on their loyal fan bases and player trading activity and are not attracting significant investor interest.
  • 76% of all leagues cite growing their fan base as one of their top three priorities. 

After six years of Regan and his particular brand building skills, it would be difficult to argue he’s been a success…

BDO

According to Endole Suites company financial overview, the SFA had

Cash in Bank£16.26m

+£2.29m (16.39%)

vs previous year 

as of Dec 2016.
So they aren’t skint, but could that money be used to invest in grass roots football ?
Or even to perhaps to fund a major publicity offensive to raise the investment that is lacking in the game ?
You see, while Auldheids excellent article on Scottish football monitor details a lot of what Regan has done wrong, its also important to list what he hasn;t done right.
And this failure to build a brand is enough for the media, the supporters and the shareholders to begin to demand answers from the CEO as to at the very least explain his record thus far.
Not only that, and some might say his failure to develop the club game in Scotland should be enough to demand his resignation, but the national team is now ranked alongside football giants such as Israel and Albania, after continuing to fail at all levels.
Now managerless and with no real vision or direction as to how to fill that gap, Regan is floundering here as well. At the moment, there seems to be an issue as to where the national team will play, as the lease on the white elephant that is hampden runs out soon, although a venue is probably the least of the SFA’s concerns, as no one will want to watch the games anyway.
So, what to do ?
After their success in forcing the Scottish government to reconsider the Offensive Behaviour Act, perhaps the Celtic Trust, along with the Celtic Supporters Association could get together and try to force this issue….
Perhaps this will be the kickstart to a campaign involving all clubs and all their supporters to force a shift in the SFA policy and personnel.
It’s long overdue.
Back in 2010, Regan concluded…
“I’m not really interested in what’s happened previously or whatever their issues were with the SFA or with the game,” 
“That’s really down to them. I’m interested in my tenure here and looking forward to what I can do to help the game up here.” 

Perhaps, when he’s got a moment, he’d like to enlighten us as to exactly what he has done for the game up here…

Maybe he subliminally sent us the answer here…
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I couldn’t care less who is involved in the nest of vipers at Hampden. I just want Celtic to make a statement months before the summer stating that none of our players are available for selection, we have bigger fish to fry. To hell with scotland and the National team. Any player who wants to play for Scotland before celtic should be immediately transfer listed. And that includes Broonie. Celtic first, celtic last, celtic above everything else.

Rob O'KEEFFE

John,spot on,except for transfer listing.Maybe a court appearance would suffice? The SFA are Masonic based,this will never change.Being Irish,I don’t give a monkeys about the Scotland team.
N.B.If people call you a “Hun”,maybe you could take them to court? Signed Litigation RSC…..

TicToc

John, “I just want Celtic to make a statement months before the summer stating that none of our players are available for selection…….”
I’m not sure if it’s that easy to refuse, en masse, to play for your national team, but I’m 100% with you in sentiment.
Also, any individual can refuse to play for their nation without explanation.

Good points from Ralph about Regan’s total ineptitude, the prick should be binned long before the Summer anyway. To add ‘the icing to the cake’ the Summer trip is typical of his brain-dead, self-serving approach; Aye, get him TF without delay.
HH

schoosh71

He ‘turns’ my stomach. HH

Steven R

To be honest, Regan’s never been the same since Carter fucked off to work with George Cole in Minder!

As for Neil Donkeymaster, he can get tae as well!

CarlJungleBhoy

Hahahaha Chris jack was seen in Chinatown in Glasgow muttering to himself knee deep in fortune cookie wrapper’s,he really should have justed wok-ed away,,, I’ll get my coat

CarlJungleBhoy

🙂 Wei Ah Ra Pei Po!

jimmybee

Magic 🙂

TicToc

Brilliant that Carl, inducing real belly laughs. The GB could do a tifo of “Wei Ah Ra Pei Po”. It would fly right over the “Pei Po’s” heads and they’d get all confused and even angrier as they somehow knew we were laughing our socks off at them (again) but had no clue what about. HaHaHa, brilliant!!
Nice one from Only4Togo, too!
HH

TicToc

HaHaHa, I forgot to mention your stuff on the Fat Controller “…a spokesperson of some weight…..currently based at Auchenhowie….” HaHaHa. 🙂
He’s always been based at Auchenhowie, Blythswood Square was a borrowed front, I’m told. Good location for a fat, wee pimp tho’.
HH

CarlJungleBhoy

Cheers Guys!

Fantastic Richie
The clown is in a meeting today were he will tell the board it will take weeks to find a national team manager, if they had any sense they should take a matter of minutes to give him a vote of no confidence or better still his p45, sacked on the spot for gross incompetence would be more fitting, golden handshake my a*se, he has done more harm to Scottish football than rattner could ever have came close to, the buffoon is a corrupt b*stars with no moral compass,the quicker he goes the better

This Rancid Excuse of a Sub Humanbeing,Is Sevco 1st Sevco Last Sevco 4Ever.Sevco in his Back door.How him and his Brethren havent been held to account Over the Hun BS is Astonishing.Alarming just Blatantly telling everyone else.To do one,Scumbags the lot of them.

Wisnae me

Concerning Stewart Regan

Yes he is.

Rob O'Keeffe

Thanks to nice lady from SF for phone call.As promised C.

Roll of Honour: Vol. Séan Boyle.South Armagh.1975.
Your fight was not in vain…..

stessano

Ha ha love the sweeney reference. Aye in totally agree regarding our players going on this pathetic trip CELTIC! CELTIC AND CELTIC! international football is basically for the self proclaimed “diddy clubs” ala “off the ball” BS! Hai Hail Double treble and a good wee run at this Europa cup and who knows fellow Tims

Celtic Symphony

Good read,Ralph.
Yes,Regan and his cabal,aren’t fit for purpose.
His buzzwords,’re Huns,”without fear or favour”
How did that pan out ?
He stinks of incompetence.
He Must Go !

CarlJungleBhoy

Yeah. Excellent summary Ralph!

Gedi67

If it looks like a lizard it is a lizard

bawsman

I actually want the lot of them (SFA) investigated for fraud, do some jail time THEN sack them

TicToc

Interesting concept but who, in Scotland, would you think could be trusted with ANY sort of investigation? Oh, and the “sacking” would ALWAYS come first. But otherwise good concept!
HH

jimmybee

The sfa have never been a friend of Celtic thats for sure. They never picked the lions yet a week before the big cup final low and behold 6 were picked to play in a friendly. They are scum. Cadette, The tri colour, the lease of hampden when we were held to ransom,getting dragged upto Edinburgh in the so called shame game when no Celtic player was sent off and the assistant manager instigated a scuffle with our Lenny. They have allowed cheating on a grand scale never seen before and are still allowing it to happen. Yet they still… Read more »

TicToc

Spot on, Jimmy. Scum.
HH

TicToc

Well, it’s a lovely day here, for early Feb. Sun’s shining, transfer window closed, jist before Monti jumped ootae it, :-), and my last memory of watchin’ the Bhoys was a beautiful lesson in beautiful football handed out to an ugly club; so my dearest and I are off out for a while. Happy Days.
HH

Monti

At no point in Scottish football history have i had so little faith, trust or disconnect from the SFA. Their failure to impliment their own rules, willingness to help criminals, their secretive 5 way agreements, cover ups, referee scandals to name a few. The SFA, Regan & ” rangers ” have broken the game here in Scotland, there is simply no trust whatsoever, none. We haven’t qualified for a tournament during his erm ‘ governance ‘yet he stays in position and we change managers? there is confusion & instability over Hampden, he has failed to attract a proven manager. They… Read more »

Monti

I note that prick Craig Levein has said ” players need more protection from Scott Brown “?
Didn’t hear you make any similar claims when Andy Webster put Didier Agathe out for six weeks.

Fud!

Mike

Excellent AGAIN Ralphy, An interesting and informative article, a much needed insight into the mind of a conflicted embarrassing face of the governess of Scottish football.
If anyone is interested in an update of Auldheid’s progress on the follow up to the Scottish Football Monitors article, on where he thinks we are and what needs to happen, then read his post on Ralphs E-Tims Diary on January the 29th @ 1.53 pm. It is enlightening and encouraging. KTF Regan GTF.

Mike

Excellent AGAIN Ralphy, If anyone is interested in finding out where Auldheid thinks we are, then read his post @ 1.53 pm on the E-Tim’s
Ralph’s Diary, enlightening, informative and encouraging. CSA/CT.

Doncaster next or Peter happy with him?

Doc

… and he’s gone. Well timed article and it came to pass. Ralph, could you do an article on me winning the lottery?

David kelly

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/42910099

On the same day . that this is published

DING DONG THE WITCH IS DEAD

broxburnbhoy

Regan must go, Regan has gone. Doncaster must go too unless he is prepared to be part of the solution rather than the perpetuation of the current mythology, unanswered question about impropriety and open to the discussion about title stripping.

Cartvale88

The whole lot if the SFA should be given a free transfer.
However for all the years I have supported Celtic the only one that fired Bach was the bunnet.
The board must get cohones and hassle them at every turn
Note Regan has done the walking away, they should beg the bunnet to take over.

BJF

We should listen to Craig Leven he knows about protection, Graham Hogg didn’t and look what Leven did to him and they were in the same team! Anyway it’s is 7.30 am where I am so still catching up, the transfer is now closed did we sign anyone, apart from the keeper, two defenders, a midfielder and a winger. I take it Griffiths, Dembele, Tierney, Jozo, Broonie are all away? I love loan signings like Paddy and Charly, they freshen the squad and bring things the younger players can seek to emulate without thinking I can never get into this… Read more »

Mike

Well done Auldheid and your Res.12 bhoys and well done to you Ralphy
and everyone who called the conflicted Regan out. Now to hear from the Compliance Officer and to hear his decision, without the vulture sitting on his shoulder. As Auldheid suggests, there is no point in him going and being replaced by summit similar, we need the game to be cleansed….period. Regan gone, Doncaster going, going….. and then to achieve the overturning of the LNS enquiry, led by the few
bhoys who discovered and pursued the truth with unstinting effort, intelligence and…….Persistence beats resistance.

Celtic Symphony

Some man,Ralph.
Your article,made Regan do ‘walking away’.

TicToc

So, Regan ‘resigns’? End of story? My arse, that bastard has much coming his way. For us Tims it’s but a beginning: a wholesale clear-out of free-masonic scum, and all its tentacles, including those which reach into Celtic Park.
Yyyyyyiiiiipppppeeeee!! Here we fucking go……..
HH FC not PLC

charlie

regan resigned cause they payed um aff it disnae sort fuckall we need a jr and clean the scum oot

charlie

its no aboot regan its the cunts behind um fuckem oor grandas and grandmaws kicked them in the stones and so will we COYBIG

TicToc

Whole ETims site’s gone totally tits up.
Bondi almost close to making sense (well, within a galaxy or two).
WTF?

Weered

Quiet in here today…

TicToc

Aye, it was!! 🙂
HH

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