Football - SFL clubs wants changes held back

Scottish Football League clubs are in favour of plans to revamp the Scottish game but do not believe those changes can be implemented in time for the start of next season.

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David Longmuir would like changes to Scottish football to come in for 2014

Twenty-nine of the 30 SFL clubs were represented at a meeting at Hampden on Thursday, where proposals to join forces with the Scottish Premier League were discussed.

Only Dunfermline - who went into interim administration on Wednesday - did not take part in the talks.

The SFL are committed to change but have stressed that timing is a key issue and want the SPL to wait a further season before seeing those changes come into force.

SPL clubs are set to vote on the issue on April 15.

SFL chief executive David Longmuir said: "The SFL is fully supportive of the change agenda and fully supportive of the need to improve Scottish football. We want to play a key part in that and we want to be a key agent for change.

"When we looked at the current set of proposals in detail today, we asked the clubs to give us an indication if they were able to support going forward with the package of change for the start of next season.

"Both arguments for and against had equal views.

"Therefore, we are still fully committed to the change agenda and we are going to continue with the process.

"But we would like to intimate, and the clubs are fully supportive of this, if we were to allow the change to take place in one season's time - not at the start of next season, but give it one more season - then we fully believe that the possibility of change for the good of the game can happen."

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