The SFA should sacrifice their blazers
The Scottish Football Association needs a revolution. It is time for an outbreak of democracy to ensure that the president and the board are voted into office by fans and clubs alike, instead of time-serving their way through to positions of ultimate power.
Those standing for office should have to provide CVs and a business plan before they seek to run our game. If you seek high office, you should be prepared to put on record what experience and track record you have to do the job.
And if you have none, you shouldn't be there.
You should also have to put up for public consumption your proposals for your time in office, outlining your plans for improving and bettering the game, both in terms of the football and financially.
In modern life we are all accountable, have targets to meet and have to undergo appraisals. Why should the SFA board be any different?
As long as a penny of public money goes towards youth development or any other area run by the Hampden hierarchy, then there should be a transparent and open audit process.
The recent list of SFA council members' expenses shows that some members received £4.60 pence per mile to travel to Hampden on SFA business - £4.60 per mile for a five-mile journey? Nice work if you can get it.
How does that relate to the rest of the working world? How many of us pick up £23 for a five-mile trip to the office or building site?
After the "Boozegate" scandal, a vote of confidence for manager George Burley two months ago suddenly overturned, and a general lack of transparency, many fans are now asking whether the SFA is fit for purpose.
The old ways of doing things will no longer do. We need clear and accountable structures in line with modern business practices, and we need to know just who is in control.
Our national team's reputation sinks lower by the week and the standing of our game is in danger of becoming a by-word for complacency and neglect.
We have to get a new manager in to turn round our fortunes, but first we have to sort out the men who have got our national game into this mess.
In the French Revolution the aristocracy lost their power and their heads: the SFA too needs a revolution.
They can keep their heads but they'll have to sacrifice their blazers.