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Last Updated: Tuesday, 23 May 2006, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
First Div clubs unite for change
Airdrie United chairman Jim Ballantyne
Airdrie's Jim Ballantyne was the host of the meeting
The prospect of a possible breakaway from the Scottish Football League has been averted after a meeting of First Division clubs.

The 10 clubs will now attempt to bring about the changes they deem necessary within the existing framework.

And they will issue a joint blueprint for development - after a further series of talks - on Tuesday 30 May.

Livingston, Hamilton and Clyde had been leading calls for action but the clubs will now campaign as a united front.

"At a productive and positive meeting held at the Excelsior stadium and attended by all 10 clubs, there was a consensus to take forward a proposal for a blueprint of change to the setup of Scottish football within the current rules and regulations," read a statement.

The meeting wasn't about money, it was about the betterment of Scottish football
David Mckinnon
Dundee chief executive

"This was a very, very encouraging meeting," Livingston chairman Pearse Flynn told The Herald.

"There will be further discussions to top and tail the proposal, but there is a common resolve among the clubs and we are now looking in broader terms about what can be done.

"It's definitely not just a talking shop any more. This is about working for the good of Scottish football."

Jim Ballantyne, the Airdrie United chairman, added: "It could not have gone any better in my eyes.

"I would scarcely have believed beforehand that we would be able to achieve so much and the most important thing is that there is now a unity within the division about the way forward."

David Mackinnon, Dundee chief executive said: "The meeting wasn't about money, it was about the betterment of Scottish football.

"That is the first time all the 10 clubs have actually been together so it was unique in that sense, and a very productive meeting."


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