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Having been around the Scottish game for a long time, I have to say I'm far from convinced that the proposed changes to the structure of the leagues is the best way forward.Back to story
I like the idea very much.! The SPL (and other Scottish leagues) has a tendency to become boring in it's annual infancy. By Christmas the title will be won by Celtic/Rangers and there is normally a strong favourite for the single relgation spot. Okay, there may be a scrap for 3rd place spoils but... YAWN.! The mid table teams have no reason to hold the interest. They are safe and boring and not worthy of note until the play the Old Firm. With these proposals, we will be watching 6 teams battle to avoid the bottom 4 positions for a mid season relegation battle, plus a battle for top spot (probs Celtic/Rangers given time), plus a battle for third place spoils. This gives cause to have an interest in all teams. A viewers Interest can be held. ...and all this in half a season. For the second half of the season, we have 8 teams battling for 4 promotion/relegation spots away from the top 8. Exiting. We have a continuation of the title race, 3rd place race. My favourite league in terms of its ability to hold interest in the English Championship. Right up until the later stages there are usually 10 teams fighting for promotion (via play-off) and half a dozen fighting relegation. A good league structure should keep the neutral interested in all clubs, not just the top few. Last years SPL was a forgone conclusion for Champions by about February. Relegation was a 2 horse race by February with an obvious candidate in Dunfermline. This hardly captures the imagination. Lets giive the proposals our backing, it CANNOT be any worse than what we have at present and we can intriduce refinement/further change it it is required as our league developes. Scottish Football for Change!!!!!!!!!!!1
Posted 10:21 10th January 2013
The suggestion of 2 x 12s splitting into 3 x 8s for the second half of the season is great ...... in reality the English, Spanish, German and Italian leagues are all unofficially in this situation with the batle for European places in the top eight, the 6 at the bottom fighting relegation and the guys in the middle treading water. Scottish football needs to have some variety in opponents through the season and this will achieve that. Plus it will give a fairer revenue stream to more teams. It's got to be better than the 'same old, same old' that is gradually killing Scottish football off as it is now ........
Posted 17:33 9th January 2013
I am in favour of the new plans. Scottish football needs change. This will provide added interest, and avoid a lot of meaningless games. It does not seem complex at all.
Posted 16:55 9th January 2013
Why not just have the SFL 16-10-16 structure. They say its the share of the money that matters not the structure. As for the loss of games - the 'champions league' format of the League cup could make that up. Just include it in TV deals and season tickets.
Posted 23:37 8th January 2013
Why not just go with the 12-12-18 (assuming both Rangers and Celtic are putting B teams in the bottom tier) and then make it 2 up 2 down at the end of season with bottom relegated and next 2 playoff for survival and similarly for promotion?? All this splitting of the divisions just futher alienates the teams from the rest. A 10 team division will mean playing each other 4 times in a season with a 36 game total and the 18 team division will only play twice resulting in 34 games in a season. Surely this is more sensible and certainly less complicated. It seems SPL and SFA boffins only want to put forward ideas that nobody can understand! They're already laughing at us from below the border. Why do we insist on giving them something else to laugh at?
Posted 16:42 8th January 2013
I think it's a good plan. The main thing people want is variety in opposition - not playing the same teams four times a season, year after year. But we know that a big league of 16-20 is not practical in a country like Scotland. This format allows us to have as much variety as possible within a smaller top division. It also brings excitement because which side of the split you fall on has real importance, unlike now where the split is seen as a bit meaningless. No format is perfect, but this seems like the perfect compromise. However, in Scottish football people are so desperate to be negative that it doesn't really matter what we have, people will shoot it down. Everyone is constantly crying out for league reform, but literally any proposal which is seriously workable is instantly criticised.
Posted 04:26 8th January 2013