League reconstruction talks.. again

Last updated : 27 December 2012 By Fargone

constructFrom the BBC:  The Scottish Football League and the Scottish Premier League are meeting at Hampden for further discussions on league reconstruction.

The boards from both leagues are agreed that a change is necessary.

However, each body has drawn up significantly different plans to alter the existing format.

The SPL favours two top leagues of 12, while the SFL has proposed a 16-team top flight, with divisions of 10 and 16 below it.

Despite the differing blueprints, Scottish Football Association chief executive Stewart Regan last month said he was encouraged by the common ground secured in prior talks with both bodies.

The 30 SFL clubs unanimously backed plans for a 16-10-16 structure, but SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster was quick to dismiss a 16-team top division as "unworkable", citing the drop in fixtures as detrimental.

Doncaster said the 12 top-flight clubs had all backed plans to expand its own membership, with a new extended play-off system.

It is understood the two-division set-up being explored by the SPL would split after two rounds of fixtures in which teams had met home and away.

The top eight clubs would then meet a further twice home and away, while the bottom four clubs would play against the top four of the new lower division of 12, made up of teams invited from the SFL.

These eight clubs would meet twice, home and away, with the bottom four clubs being relegated at the end of the season.

The bottom eight clubs in the lower division would also play-off against one another.

The concept of an "SPL2" has long been mooted, with SFL clubs voting 22 to eight against further talks on teams joining a new second tier in 2007.

SPL clubs could not agree on plans for a two-tier system featuring a top flight of 10 last year.

The SFA's professional game board (PGB) is due to meet again on 30 January to discuss league reconstruction.