Hard Work Starts Now - Spl Chief

Last updated : 14 June 2013 By Queens MAD


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SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster has said the "hard work starts now" to get the new Scottish Professional Football League up and running for the new season.

Scottish Football League clubs voted in favour of league reconstruction on Wednesday, starting the process for an amalgamated league body to come into effect by August.

The first meeting of the new organisation is scheduled for June 27 and Doncaster, whose own position is uncertain in the new business, has backed the decision to form it.

"Today’s decision is fantastic news for the Scottish game and should deliver the positive change, with a 42-club solution, that clubs and supporters have asked for," said Doncaster.

"The hard work starts now to formalise all elements of the new Scottish Professional Football League for the 2013/14 season kicking off."

Under the SPFL plans, all 42 Scottish senior clubs will come back under one umbrella for the first time since 1998, when 10 teams broke away to form the SPL.

The current 12-10-10-10 league structure will be maintained but a play-off between the top two leagues will be created, featuring the second bottom club in the top flight and the teams finishing second, third and fourth in the First Division.

A change to the financial distribution and governance models will also come into effect.

A pyramid system into the Highland and Lowland Leagues will also be operational by the end of the 2014/15 season.

With two promotion places to the SPL  up for grabs and the prospect of end of season play-off play-offs it should be an exciting season coming up and I'm sure Queens will be right in amongst it.