Scotland to vote on merger

Clubs will vote on plans for a merger of the Scottish Premier League and Scottish Football League at Hampden Park on Wednesday, with the outcome deemed on a "knife-edge".

Last Updated: 11/06/13 at 17:44 Post Comment

Hampden Park: Venue for SPL and SFL merger vote on Wednesday

Hampden Park: Venue for SPL and SFL merger vote on Wednesday

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Just 16 of the 30 SFL clubs gave reconstruction proposals their backing in an informal ballot last month, before Second and Third Division clubs met to discuss a potential breakaway by the 10 First Division side - a threat which remains.

All SFL clubs - apart from Rangers, who are only associate members having joined last summer and therefore do not get a vote - will now reconvene in Glasgow with their top-flight counterparts.

The plan needs 22 votes in favour to go ahead but SFL chiefs are hopeful rather than confident the proposal will be passed.

"I think it will be tight, I think it is hard to call," Stenhousemuir chairman Bill Darroch said.

"Some clubs will still be making their minds up as they travel to Hampden. The clubs got some documentation only (on Monday) and I have still to have a look at it.

"We are not totally 100 per cent happy but the general feeling is that it is better we have all 42 clubs together than have a split.

"There was a meeting between the Second and Third Division clubs after the AGM and I detected a softening among some clubs but I can appreciate there are a number of different and legitimate concerns among them.

"The governance needs to be right, and the voting structure is not as equitable as it could be but we have been debating this for a long time so hopefully we get it over the line."

Third Division Stirling Albion are set to vote in favour of the plans but director Stuart Brown is also cautious about the outcome.

"It is on a knife-edge," he said.

"As a board we have agreed to vote yes on the basis of information that we have been given but more information is becoming public all the time which means it might not be as straightforward as some people might think. There is a lot of talking to be done."

Forfar Athletic director David McGregor admits the Second Division club's decision to vote yes will be made with a "heavy heart."

He said: "The vibes I am getting is that the vote will be carried. The general feeling is that there are still one or two clubs against it but they will get the 22 to take it through, although I might be proved wrong.

"We have reached the stage where there is not a great alternative. We were a 'no' at the AGM but we have changed our mind and will stick with that although it will be with a heavy heart.

"We have got to hope it is the right decision. I think even those clubs in the First Division will be wary."

The proposals involve a 12-10-10-10 structure, with the 11th-placed team in the top flight taking part in four-team play-offs at the end of the campaign.

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Liverpool's Adam Lallana could miss start of Premier League with knee injury

Adam Lallana looks set to miss the start of the new Premier League season after suffering a knee injury in training.

Liverpool: Fara Williams welcomes Steven Gerrard contract news

Fara Williams reckons the contract set to be handed to Steven Gerrard will give Liverpool supporters a huge boost.

Transfer news: Sunderland sign Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea

Sunderland have completed the signing of Holland left-back Patrick van Aanholt from Chelsea on a four-year deal.

Mail Box

Are Pre-Season Tours Really A Problem?

Are pre-season tours really a problem? Liverpool went to Australia last summer and it didn't prevent them from having a good season. Plus, thoughts on LvG and keepers...

It Isn't Easy Supporting Spurs, You Know

We have a long mail about the travails of supporting Spurs, plus Friday thoughts on Marko Marin, marketing, victory v beauty, travelling and vanishing sprays...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property