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Regan takes out landslide SFA vote

Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan has had his notion to restructure the current rulebook passed with a landslide 93-0 vote.

Regan, who was initially appointed in July 2010 to replace Gordon Smith, has adopted a 'radical reform' to dismantle the age-old SFA committee structure and introduce 'new streamlined governance and disciplinary procedures' and he was delighted to see that it was passed by all 93 clubs who voted.

Regan said it was a great day for Scottish football but admitted he was relieved the vote went the way it did.

"To get unanimous backing is really helpful, but any majority would have been a victory for Scottish football," he said.

"The fact it is 93-0 is a tremendous achievement and shouldn't be underestimated.

"It was a a bit of a concern, going into the meeting, wondering how people would vote.

"I wasn't completely sure if there were even some little things which might derail us.

"It was just complete support because people realised we simply had to change. Now we can get on with doing that."

Yesterday's meeting at Hampden also saw Campbell Ogilvie step into the presidency role, replacing George Peat, and now Regan says the Scottish football ship can be steered into a new golden era.

"There was an overwhelming desire to follow and be led," he added. "There was a real desire among the members for someone to take the game by the scruff of the neck and say 'let's change'.

"There was a recognition that we needed to do things differently and there was a real frustration and dissatisfaction with how we were. People hated seeing Scottish football being dragged through the gutter, if you like, for some of the things that were happening. They just wanted a solution, they wanted a way out, they wanted to get to a better place."

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Andrew Slevison
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