The Scottish Football Association have appointed John Fleming as their new head of referee development. The former Category One official has held the post on a temporary basis since November, when Hugh Dallas resigned from the role.
Fleming has been involved with refereeing in Scotland for 30 years, achieving Category One status in 1994 and fulfilling appointments as a FIFA assistant referee from 1994 to 1997.
Latterly he held the position of referee development officer at the SFA, before stepping up to replace Dallas just over three months ago.
In a statement on the SFA's website, Fleming spoke of his desire to help improve the standard of refereeing in Scotland. “I am immensely proud and grateful to have been given this opportunity,” he said.
“There are a number of exciting initiatives on the horizon both for the Scottish FA and the Referee Development Department and it is my intention to help facilitate positive changes to benefit the referee fraternity and the game in general.”
Stewart Regan, the SFA's chief executive, commented: “John brings a wealth of experience in refereeing and in the development and education sides of the game. He also has a wide of experience of working in business.
“His role will be pivotal to the new Scottish FA strategic plan and his impact since taking the role in an acting capacity since November has been substantial.
“I have received a number of positive comments from the refereeing fraternity and also from his colleagues within the Scottish FA and I am convinced he will be an asset to the organisation.”
Good luck to John Fleming.!