Further news is expected today from the Scottish Football Association as they seek to pick up the pieces of Gordon Smith’s resignation as chief executive.
The SFA confirmed Smith’s departure – a decision which has been met with shock by his peers – in a brief statement last night and promised an update today.
It is understood the 55-year-old, who took the position in 2007, made the decision mainly for personal reasons and felt the time was right to step down following an eventful period in a role which has always attracted criticism no matter the identity of the incumbent.
Rangers boss Walter Smith described the news as “regrettable” due to his namesake’s strong footballing background.
Former Scotland boss Craig Brown was “astonished” by Smith’s departure after feeling he had settled in well to the post, while Smith’s Scottish Premier League counterpart, Neil Doncaster, was “flabbergasted”.
Walter Smith had high hopes when the appointment was made but admitted the expected results were not always forthcoming given the competing interests in the game.