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Scottish Premier League approves of 10 team set-up

Wed 5th Jan 2011 | Football Governance

Scottish Premier League clubs look set to move towards a 10-team top tier after appearing to rule out an extension to the current 12-team set-up according to the BBC.

With all clubs meeting at Hampden for the first time in the ongoing discussions over league reconstruction, SPL chairman Ralph Topping said that the clubs believe that a 16 or 18-team league is not financially viable.

A working party has proposed two divisions of 10 and a vote is expected at the next gathering on 17 January.

However, it’s understood that several managers have expressed doubts about a return to a 10-team top division and many fans are against the idea.

Topping believes that a bigger league would be unviable;

"If you look at Scottish football, a 16-team league wouldn't work economically and it would have a knock-on effect in terms of the quality of players you can attract.

"It's two 10s or the status quo in my view."

He added: "Some of the key issues were discussed and some were knocked into touch, while the steering group will go away and consider others."

When the 12 clubs meet again later this month they will also consider an earlier start to the season and the reintroduction of a winter break in time for the 2012-13 campaign.

 

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