SPL, SFL To Merge As Both Agree On New 12-12-18 Structure
The Scottish Football League and Scottish Premier League "have agreed on a set of principles to restructure the game -- including a merger of both bodies" in a 12-12-18 structure, according to the Scotland DAILY RECORD. Both sets of clubs "have still to vote on the proposals," but a major breakthrough was made Tuesday during a meeting of the main decision makers in the SPL, SFL and the Scottish FA. The SPL "needs an 11-1 majority to push through the plans but already had a unanimous agreement in principle on the plans." The SFL, which had previously backed a 16-10-16 plan, "needs a minimum 75% agreement" (DAILY RECORD, 1/8). SFA CEO Stewart Regan said, "Ultimately it will be the clubs that decide, but we have seen today a willingness to make change happen and a recognition that Scottish football is crying out for a new dawn and we have now got agreement to take to clubs for a single league body. That is a huge step for the game in Scotland and it shouldn't be underestimated" (HERALD SCOTLAND, 1/8).