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SPL to examine European league structure for expansion plans

Tue 16th Mar 2010 | Football Governance

The Scottish Premier League will examine league structures around Europe before putting a blueprint for change to the clubs.

SPL chief executive Neil Doncaster recently raised the prospect of the expansion of the 12-team top flight. Most managers have come out in favour of such an idea to prevent teams nullifying each other - Rangers will face St Mirren and Dundee United six times each this season.

"What we're doing is to consult as widely as possible to consult on best practice across all leagues within Europe, and take the best of those ideas to see if they can be properly employed within the SPL," said Doncaster.

"If they can, we'll assess those ideas and consult with the clubs and put forward a package of measures that we hope will take the SPL forward.

"Ultimately it's for the clubs to decide whether they wish to embrace that change.

"Our job is to inspire debate, and I think that's happened, and take forward ideas, and put it to the vote."

The SPL have also announced the SPL Working Futures programme – an initiative designed to help young people out of unemployment. Neil Doncaster, SPL Chief Executive, and Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, launched the programme, which is funded by the Department of Work & Pensions’ Future Jobs Fund.

The partnership will see £2.8 million invested by the UK Government to create 432 six month job placements at SPL clubs for the long term unemployed.

Under the scheme each club has the opportunity to take on 36 employees as either community coaches or estates staff for six month placements between May 2010 and September 2011. Local Job Centres will handle all applications for these jobs at SPL clubs.

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