Breaking News - Did Rangers probe snub oust Stewart Regan?
The departure of Stewart Regan as chief executive of the Scottish Football Association last week may have had more to do with a decision made last September than recent events.Regan’s surprise exit has been put down to a mixture of failing to attract Northern Ireland’s Michael O’Neill as manager, a lack of sponsorship deals, uncertainty over renewing the Hampden Park lease and the organisation of long-distance friendlies against Peru and Mexico allegedly without Professional Game Board approval.But others believe the highly-rated Regan paid the price for alienating clubs, including all-powerful Celtic, when he was seen as the main voice behind the SFA’s rejection of a request from the Scottish Professional Football League to participate in an independent review into the handling of Rangers’ murky financial affairs.The SFA told clubs that ‘raking over the coals’ would further damage the image of the game in Scotland. Regan, who is prevented from speaking out by a confidentiality agreement, would not comment.The answer as to why the mega rich still want to buy Premier League clubs is provided by Arsenal. Two shares changed hands last week for a record £30,000 each, meaning Stan Kroenke — who has a 67 per cent stake — is sitting on a profit of £1billion were he to sell the club at that price.Cricketer magazine editor Simon Hughes made a poor call on Monday when he instigated a poll on social media asking: ‘Do you like having female commentators on men’s cricket?’ He took it down but this is the same Hughes who wrote in an editorial that one of the highlights of last season was England winning ‘a (painted) nail-biting women’s World Cup final’.The likes of Alison Mitchell, Ebony Rainford-Brent and Isa Guha have ensured any debate over the gender of cricket commentators has long moved on.Elite referee Jon Moss can count himself fortunate to have escaped an official Premier League reprimand after TV coverage of Liverpool v Tottenham picked him up asking fourth official Martin Atkinson ‘Anything from television?’ before awarding Spurs their first penalty.The PL said in a statement Moss had been ‘misguided’ because fourth officials are forbidden to look at TV monitors. Atkinson did not reply to Moss’s question, nor had he seen a replay.The personal assistant privy to some of English football’s innermost secrets for close to half a century left Chelsea last week.Pauline Temple, assistant to senior management at Stamford Bridge for 14 years following three decades at Old Trafford, decided it was time to depart to try other ventures despite already being well past normal retirement age.Pauline, who started her football life working for Martin Edwards at Manchester United, was brought to Chelsea by former United chief executive Peter Kenyon and stayed under Ron Gourlay and then Bruce Buck. She kept her family home in Manchester after following Kenyon to Chelsea and commuted to London every week.Alas, despite all the stories she could tell about Sir Alex Fergu