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Last Updated: Thursday, 8 March 2007, 20:13 GMT
SPL2 rebels eye summer breakaway
Livingston chairman Pearse Flynn and Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon
Pearse Flynn and David MacKinnon are determined to see change
First Division rebel clubs have expressed fresh hopes of creating a breakaway second division of the Scottish Premier League this summer.

It follows a meeting between 14 interested First and Second Division clubs and SPL chairman Lex Gold.

A working party has been set up representing all three SFL divisions that will report to an extraordinary meeting to be held by the end of April.

Livingston chairman Pearse Flynn said: "They're going to move fast on this."

It is still unclear whether they will be able to achieve the two-thirds majority necessary to prevent the rebels having to give a two-year notice period to depart the Scottish Football League.

But Flynn said: "We have decided on a potential way forward and we would love it to happen this summer.

"With some give and take, we can put something together that can fly.
The report shows that the present set-up is a mess

Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon

"If we can get 20 clubs to vote for this, it will happen immediately.

"If they say no, we will go another way."

A recent independent financial report highlighted inefficiencies within the organisation that runs Divisions One, Two and Three in Scotland.

And Flynn believes that the rebels can persuade Second and Third Division clubs that they will not be any worse off and could be better off under the new arrangements.

"It is the First Division clubs and those who try to maintain full-time football that are in a worse financial position," he said.

"If we did nothing with this report, we deserve everything we get."

Dundee chief executive Dave MacKinnon also hoped that changes will be made quickly.

"The report basically said that the SFL is not fit for purpose and we don't want this change purely to suit the First Division.

"The report shows that the present set-up is a mess."

The Scottish Football Association has yet to settle a dispute between the SPL and SFL over how payments made by the top-tier would be distributed to lower league clubs following any reorganisation.

SFL bosses insist that the "parachute payment" agreed when the SPL itself broke away would be lost by any clubs joining the new set-up.

The SPL argues that there would no change to the present split between all 30 non-SPL clubs.

And, while welcoming the increased urgency among the rebel clubs, Gold pointed out that this question had to be resolved before any more progress was made.

"We made our proposal on 17 August and there is an element of frustration that Scottish football moves so slowly," he said, insisting that the SPL was not acting out of self-interest.

"There's not a great deal in it for our clubs, but we feel there is a need to improve the top level of the game otherwise the gap between clubs in the SPL and the First Division will grow wider."

The SPL had proposed a 12-team top league, followed by a 10-team SPL2, starting in the summer of 2008.

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