Martin Bain

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Martin Edward Bain (born c. 1968) is the CEO of FSDL, the organising company of Indian Super League. He has also served as the CEO of English club Sunderland A.F.C, Scottish club Rangers and Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Life and career[edit]

Bain modelled part-time and worked in a Glasgow city-centre bar before focusing on a career in marketing and public relations.[1]

He worked for Scottish football club Rangers from 1996 and was appointed to the board of directors in September 2001. During this time, he undertook roles as Commercial Director and Director of Football Business. Bain was appointed chief executive by chairman Sir David Murray on 11 February 2005.[2] On 15 July 2008, Bain was elected to the Scottish Premier League's board of directors for a second term.[3]

On 6 May 2011, Rangers F.C. was sold by David Murray, the majority shareholder, to Craig Whyte. As part of an independent panel set up to represent 27,000 minority shareholders in the sales transaction, Bain refused to agree to the sale and was subsequently suspended by the new owner. Bain resigned in June 2011 and raised an action in the Court of Session in relation to a breach of his employment contract, but abandoned his damages claim in March 2012.[4] Following the administrative crisis which engulfed Rangers subsequently, during an SFA tribunal in May 2012 it transpired that Bain presented diligence to Sir David Murray at the time of the sale that proved his stance at the time of the takeover to be the correct one.[citation needed]

Bain was appointed chief executive of Israeli club Maccabi Tel Aviv in September 2014.[5] During his time in Israel, the club won the domestic treble in 2015 and qualified for the Champions League.[citation needed] Bain was also a director of the Israeli Premier League, helping negotiate its biggest ever broadcast deal.[citation needed]

In 2016, Bain joined Sunderland A.F.C., replacing Margaret Byrne. His contract was terminated by the club by mutual consent in May 2018,[6] following the club's second relegation in two seasons.

On October 11, 2019, Bain was appointed as CEO of Football Sports Development Ltd., organisers of the Indian Super League, the top tier football league in India.


  1. ^ "Martin Bain: Puppet or man who pulled the Ibrox purse strings". Daily Record. 25 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Rangers board promotion for Bain". BBC Sport. BBC. 11 February 2005.
  3. ^ "Rangers' Bain newest SPL director". BBC Sport. BBC. 15 July 2008.
  4. ^ "Martin Bain drops damages action against Rangers". BBC News. BBC. 29 March 2012.
  5. ^ Griver, Simon (22 September 2014). "Bain appointed CEO at Maccabi Tel Aviv". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved 5 August 2015.
  6. ^ Martin Bain: Sunderland chief executive leaves as club scrap position, BBC Sport, 22 May 2018