As incoming president shuns media...

Scottish FA admits need to ‘humanise’ new chief Petrie

Ian Maxwell, Rod Petrie and Mike Mulraney

Rod Petrie flanked by Ian Maxwell (left) and Mike Mulraney (pic: SNS Group).


At a time when the Scottish FA needs to show a willingness to be more transparent it was surprising to see new president Rod Petrie refuse to speak to the media on his first day in office.

The Hibs chairman was appointed unopposed at the governing body’s annual general meeting at Hampden Park.

However, although happy enough to pose for photographs, he declined the opportunity to publicly outline his vision for the game going forward, instead leaving the media duties to chief executive Ian Maxwell.

Highly respected in the game, Petrie has always preferred to work away in the shadows, avoiding the glare of publicity.

However, Maxwell said that is something they will be looking to change.

“We’ve had a few conversations about trying to humanise him. That will really help,” he said.

“You’re never in a room and Rod’s not the smartest guy in it. And he’s got a sense of humour, he’s got real humility about him, he’s really good company.

“He just keeps it fairly well hidden, I suppose. So it’s about drawing that out over the period.

“A lot of the clubs will know him and will have dealt with him. They’ll have an opinion and will know him better. But it’s about drawing that out into the public domain.”

Maxwell added: “I think it would be good to change it.

“He’s a figurehead in terms of UEFA and FIFA, in getting round both those organisations, being the leader of the Scottish FA from a presidential perspective.

“He’s absolutely got more than the ability to do all that.

“It’s just something that we’re going to have to get him out there a bit more.”

Petrie replaces Alan McRae as president, while Alloa Athletic’s Mike Mulraney was appointed vice-president.

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