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Doncaster threatens the wee teams again

Post  TinyHandsOfConcrete on Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:20 pm

League reconstruction must take place this summer, says Scottish Premier League chief executive Neil Doncaster. It comes in response to the suggestion any revamp could be put back a year.

"It's not acceptable to start saying 'well, let's just push it back a year because we can'," Doncaster said. "The deal agreed back in January was about a package of measures and one of those measures was implementation this summer. I think we should focus on delivery of the deal for this summer."

SPL clubs are due to vote on the proposed 12-12-18 set-up on 15 April. And Doncaster believes if it does not get the green light, then plans for any league reconstruction whatsoever could be shelved. "What I expect to happen is that the 12 SPL clubs will meet on 15 April at 10:00 GMT and they will decide whether they wish to see the package of measures go forward or not," he said. "If 11 clubs put their hand in the air and say 'yes', then it's in the court of the Scottish Football League to decide. If less than 11 [SPL] clubs are in favour, the game's a bogey and that's that."

Were 11 SPL clubs to give 12-12-18 the thumbs up on 15 April, the SFL clubs would convene later that week and vote on whether they supported it. It would require three quarters of the SFL clubs to support the idea for the whole plan to be sealed.

Doncaster rejected the idea that it is too tight a timescale to make changes in time for the new season beginning on 3 August. Rather, he wants those involved to appreciate the benefits the 12-12-18 system will bring. "We need to go forward to 15 April with confidence, with enthusiasm, with momentum and try to deliver something which is going to deliver so many things that everyone wants, and I include supporters within that," Doncaster said. "Otherwise we don't get the play-offs, we don't get the single league, we don't get the pyramid and we don't get much more money going to the First Division clubs. All of those things, which I think we would unanimously agree are the way forward, are delivered as part of these proposals."

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Post  TheDesertFoxhat on Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:25 pm

Makes you wonder why they're trying to push it through so quickly...

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Post  TinyHandsOfConcrete on Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:33 pm

Despite ongoing talks on the topic of league reconstruction, the Scottish Premier League has announced a start date for the next campaign.
Season 2013/14 in Scotland's top flight will kick off on Saturday 3 August.

Clubs were given the option to postpone a fixture on the weekend of 10 August in order to arrange a friendly.

SPL leaders Celtic are the only team to have taken up that offer and permission has been granted for them to miss the second set of matches.

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soooooooo, if there's a new structure in place, a new league, are they expected to adhere to the SPL's decisions?

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Re: Doncaster threatens the wee teams again

Post  therrawbuzzin on Mon Apr 01, 2013 2:09 am

What do we want?
Rangers TV rights?
When do we want it?
PDQ, before the top league implodes!

I'm surprised the SFL isn't playing hardball, it must know it has the SPL by the short & curlies.
The SFL should state that any clubs involved in a breakaway do not get allowed back, and that poaching of clubs by SPL means war.

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