SFL clubs reach agreement over league reconstruction plans

David Longmuir: SFL willing to continue with 42-club solution

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Scottish Football League clubs have reached a unanimous agreement on a number of issues regarding league reconstruction plans.

Proposals for a 42-club merger with the Scottish Premier League were backed by all 30 clubs at a summit meeting in Hampden on Friday, which was also attended by associate member Rangers, who do not have a vote.

This follows an agreement reached by SPL clubs over revised plans, which would include a merged organisation, and a 12-10-10-10 structure with the 11th-placed team in the top flight involved in four-team play-offs at the end of the campaign.

The SFL have put an alternative governance model to the SPL ahead of their meeting on Monday.

And a different distribution model will be proposed by the SFL, which recognises the importance of the Second and Third Division clubs but will not involve the SPL giving up more money.

Chief executive David Longmuir said: "We are most definitely willing to continue with a 42-club solution to the league reconstruction process.

"We are going to work hard to bring this to fruition as quickly as we possibly can in the hope that what we deliver benefits the whole game in Scotland.

"There are a number of things that we got unanimity on today. We are going to initiate a process of due diligence to ensure we get to a place where we have a proper health check on any merged organisation to ensure there are no surprises.

"We agreed that the recommended financial distribution model that the SFL put to the SPL this week is going to take us forward and we got unanimous agreement that that was the will of the clubs.

"I know Neil Doncaster is putting it to his clubs on Monday and I hope that they look upon it as being a fair and appropriate way to spread what wealth we've got in the game.

"On governance, the initial governance model that was proposed, and seems still to be the favoured governance model, is not one that we wish to pursue.

"The governance model that the clubs, in unanimous fashion agreed to support, was the one that I previously put to the SPL, which is a 3-1-1-1 governance model, as opposed to a 3-2-1 governance model.

"This is a marvellous opportunity for everybody to get behind it. We are not far away."