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Sonstrust Welcomes Reform Progress

May 7, 2013

splRESPONDING to the official statement coming out of today’s Scottish Premier League meeting at Hampden, Sonstrust chair Brian Payne said he “welcomed the progress that has been made towards a consensus for change.”

“We are pleased that a single league body is the favoured model, that there is going to be some redistribution of resources, that a play-off system between top tier and second tier is proposed, and that a pyramid below league level may be introduced,” he said.

“It needs to be noted that these changes have not been finally agreed yet, that the issues still have to be voted on by both the SPL and the Scottish football league, and that there are continuing omissions – such as larger leagues, which fans have consistently asked for, and resourcing that would really benefit smaller clubs.

“Nevertheless, this is real progress. We are pleased that an SFL breakaway is not being encouraged by the SPL.

“We intend to continue to engage with the board at Dumbarton FC over the impact of changes on our club. Equally, we will go on seeking and reflect the views of trust members and Sons supporters on these development,” concluded the Sonstrust chair.

The SFL is due to meet shortly.

This is the press release that the Sonstrust issued yesterday (All Media Scotland) in relation to the SPL2 question, following on from our website comment. There was also a response from FansFirst Scotland prior to the SPL meeting.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. alec darroch permalink
    May 8, 2013 6:21 am

    I’m not so sure that the breakaway wouldn’t be encouraged if it came down to it. The phrase that stuck with me yesterday from the spl was the “tremendous sympathy” they have for the 1st div teams. Between the sfl10 and the spl they’re maneouvring Longmuir and the rump of the sfl to look like the baggage holding back change.

  2. Alan permalink
    May 8, 2013 6:51 am

    The SFL have always looked for change and it was they who actually kick started the debate when the 16-10-16 proposal (also unanimously backed by the clubs) was first presented. At the very least these original proposals tried to address the fans wishes for a bigger top tier.

    The SFL actually haven’t had a vote on anything yet; the 12-12-18 proposal never got that far after the SPL failed to persuade their own clubs to accept those particular plans.

  3. May 8, 2013 11:59 am

    On the SFL, Alan. You’re absolutely right that they kick-started a 16-10-16 debate… one which needs continuing. but it’s also worth remembering (and rarely noted) that the basis of that, and recent ideas of League Cup reformatting, actually came from supporters’ initiatives: the Fans’ Plan in March 2012, re-issued as the FansFirst Plan. The Sonstrust has, of course, played a not insignificant role in getting those ideas pushed forward, and will continue to do so.

  4. Dave Carson permalink
    May 8, 2013 7:24 pm

    The package proposed yesterday certainly has merit in terms of the top-division play-off and the unitary league body and enhanced financial trickle-down, but I get the distinct impression that what we are being presented with is a form of compromise born of fatigue and a belated recognition that adopting a bellicose and intransigent attitude hinders progress – in that latter respect perhaps Messrs Milne and Gardiner have learned something.

    There is of course still much that is woolly, and the reference to a pyramid system smacks of a market trader throwing in a pair of tea towels to close a deal. If you want my honest take, had The Rangers FC not been sat squarely in The Scottish Football League at this time, then the drawbridge probably would have been pulled up and no mistake. And whilst it was just too much of Gordian Knot right now, do not be surprised if we are re-lancing this particular boil at some future point.

    So, who will lead the Scottish Football League 2013 Limited – Neil or David ??

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