Stewart Regan has resigned as Scottish Football Association chief executive.
The announcement came on the day of a scheduled SFA board meeting to discuss the search for a new Scotland manager and ten days after Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill rejected an offer to take the role.
Regan said: “I have devoted my time in Scotland to modernising, protecting, developing and promoting the game, whilst facing into some extremely challenging head winds during my time in the job.
“While it has been tough, I am proud to leave having overseen a period of significant change and substantial growth following the McLeish Report in 2010.
“We are now at another staging point and I recognise that it is now time for further change. I have decided to step aside to allow new leadership to take the organisation forward.
“I would like to thank the staff for their energy, hard work and support during my tenure. Their love of the game mirrors Scotland’s passion for football and I am proud to have served the Association.”
Chief operating officer Andrew McKinlay will take charge of the SFA on an interim basis.