The Scottish FA have announced the appointment of Ian Maxwell as the new Chief Executive of the governing body, replacing Stewart Regan who quit the role in February.
Maxwell, who is currently Managing Director of Partick Thistle, will take up his new position at the end of the season.
Speaking to the official Scottish FA website, following the announcement, Maxwell said: “This is a very proud moment for myself and my family.
“Scottish football has been my life, from playing to coaching and on to managing a club. I am hugely excited about the role and facing into the big issues that we will need to tackle.
“The game means so much, to so many in this country. I will work tirelessly to serve all our members, support and lead the Scottish FA’s staff and help bring everyone together to shape a better future for Scottish football.”
Unlike his predecessor, Maxwell has a plethora of experience and knowledge of the Scottish game as both a player and in management.
He began his career as a player at Queen’s Park, before playing for the likes of Ross County, St.Johnstone, St.Mirren and Partick Thistle before retiring in 2010. It was then he moved into management, first as assistant to Ian McCall at Thistle and then as General Manager with the Glasgow club.
Promotion to Managing Director following in 2014 and has served on both the Scottish FA and the SPFL boards.
Hearts and Minds
The Scottish FA in its current state has had to deal with the continued fallout over Rangers’ liquidation and EBT scandal, followed by Scotland’s failure to qualify for another major championship and the abysmal pursuit of Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill – which ended with the former Brechin City manager snubbing the Hampden beaks to remain with his current employers.
Many supporters look upon the Scottish FA as not fit for purpose and an outdated institution that is ruining the game rather than aiding and promoting it, and Maxwell will have his work cut out for him as he tries to turn around our game and the organisation itself.
Scottish FA president Alan McRae added: “Ian will bring a huge amount of football knowledge to the role. He has built up a terrific reputation in the industry and is respected across the game.
“Ian emerged from a robust recruitment process which attracted interest from a range of candidates across the UK and beyond.
“We were convinced that Ian’s track record, communication skills and leadership qualities will allow him to grasp the challenges of today and fulfil our potential as an association and as a footballing nation in the future.”
The appointment was backed by SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster, who replaced Maxwell on the SFA board and vowed to forge stronger links between the bodies.
“Ian combines a superb track record of innovation and delivery as an administrator with a well-earned reputation as a football man,” Doncaster said.
“Having seen his positive impact on our SPFL Competitions Working Group, particularly driving change in the cups, everyone at the SPFL is really looking forward to working with him for the good of the game.”
Thistle academy head Gerry Britton will replace Maxwell on an interim basis when he departs, but the Premiership club have already appointed a recruitment firm to lead the search for a long-term successor.
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