The SFA Chief Executive wound down his playing days at Firhill in 2010 then worked his way into the boardroom as the hard work of Jackie McNamara and Alan Archibald took the club back into the top flight.
After reaching the top six in season 2016/17 the strategic planning of Maxwell led to relegation the following season but Maxwell had negotiated his way to the SFA when the Jags fate was sealed.
Listening in to McColl on Radio Scotland, The Sun reports the Jags boss saying:
The club and me were in complete agreement. Nobody from the SPFL or SFA will be allowed in the stadium, which is great. They’re not allowed in the stadium, simple as that.
Have they accepted it? I don’t know but the powers at be knew that if they were there, I wouldn’t be. They won’t be there.
What happened to our club was just wrong. There were no arguments put forward that were structured or honest, to say why. It was just wrong.
When he retured from playing Maxwell became Number 2 to McCall in his first spell in charge of Thistle. After becoming SFA Chief Executive Maxwell claimed to be a Thistle fan.