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SPFL ON BRINK OF RECONSTRUCTION TALKS

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SCOTTISH clubs could be in line to discuss a dramatic league reconstruction plan for NEXT season.

According to a report in the Scottish Sun on Sunday, four SPFL board members held crunch discussions with Dundee managing director John Nelms yesterday after the Tayside outfit apparently failed to vote on Friday’s motion to finish the season.
The Dens Park club now have up to 28 days to consider their positions in the midst of the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic that brought worldwide football to a standstill in the middle of last month.

The Dark Blues could propose a motion which would see league reconstruction being pushed through.

That would see a 14-10-10-10 set-up that would allow Hearts to remain in the top flight and see Dundee United and Inverness Caley Thistle promoted.

SPFL chiefs believe Nelms and his club are open to voting yes, allowing them to distribute £8million to financially-stricken clubs.

But it is expected any movement to call a halt to the three divisions outwith the Premiership immediately could come with some amendments.

One of those is that the SPFL put a resolution in writing that they are prepared to set up an immediate task force to discuss a new set-up for next season.

A 14-team top flight – with teams playing each other twice then splitting into a top six and bottom eight who play each other a further twice – appears to be the preferred option.

League bosses also shot down reports Dundee’s vote had arrived spoiled on Friday.

Sources insist they received an email from the club at 6pm confirming they should consider Dundee not to have voted.

Some Championship clubs, unhappy at missing out on life-saving funds, have suggested prize money in their division be distributed through an equal 10-way split.

That would see all ten clubs land just over £301,000.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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