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SFA Chief Executive resigns

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Scottish Football Association (SFA) chief executive Stewart Regan has stepped down from his position.

Regan, who had been chief executive for eight years, says he recognises the "need for change".

He has been criticised for his handling of the search for Gordon Strachan's successor as national coach.

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill turned down the job - and Regan was expected to face tough questioning from SFA board members on Thursday.

Former SFA chief executive Gordon Smith described the situation as an "embar­ras­sment".

Regan acknowledged he had faced "challenging head winds" during his tenure but said he was proud of overseeing growth in the game.

He said he had devoted time to "modernising, protecting, developing and promoting" football in Scotland.

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