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Doncaster joins SFA amid Maxwell speculation

Neil Doncaster

SPFL chief executive Neil Doncaster has joined the board of the Scottish Football Association

Neil Doncaster, chief executive of the Scottish Professional Football League, has joined the board of the Scottish FA, replacing Ian Maxwell who is now a front-runner to become chief executive.

Mr Doncaster who was elected unopposed at a meeting of the Professional Game Board,  is one of eight SFA board members.

He became SPL chief executive nine years ago and assumed the same role with the SPFL after it replaced the SPL and SFL in 2013.

Partick Thistle managing director Ian Maxwell, who has stepped down with immediate effect, is understood to have applied for the vacancy of chief executive, following the departure of Stewart Regan last month.

Mr Doncaster said: “I am very grateful for the support of the Scottish FA board and look forward to Scotland’s two main footballing bodies working together more closely than ever before for the good of the entire game.”

Alan McRae, Scottish FA President said: “I would like to thank Ian Maxwell for his valuable contributions to the work of our board, in particular, the part played by him during the recruitment of our national team manager.

“I am pleased to welcome Neil Doncaster onto our board to replace Ian. Neil’s experience in the game should be of great benefit to the Scottish FA and I look forward to working with him and the other directors to drive the game in this country forward.”

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