Scottish Football Association chief executive Gordon Smith has resigned from his position, citing 'external factors' as part of his decision to leave the role.
He said: “I have enjoyed my time with the Scottish FA immensely and feel privileged for having had the opportunity to play a leading role in one of the biggest and most high-profile organisations in the country.”
“As has been reported in today’s press, there are external factors that need my attention. Stepping down, though, is something I have considered for some time. The majority of people I have encountered during nearly three years in the job have been extremely warm, friendly and hospitable towards me. Inevitably, there has also been a minority who have been less than supportive.
“It is not purely personal reasons, or the element of negativity I have experienced, that has made me leave the job. It is a combination of factors. Ultimately, I feel the timing is right.”
The former BBC Scotland soccer pundit took up the post almost three years ago giving up his soccer agency and TV work to focus on the role.
Scottish FA president George Peat will now begin the task of appointing Smith’s replacement. Acknowledging Smith’s decision he said: “On behalf of the Board and all the staff at the Scottish FA, I would like to thank Gordon for his contribution and wish him the best of luck for the future.
“We understand and appreciate his reasons for leaving and will commence the process to recruit a replacement at the next scheduled Board meeting.”