Motherwell Football Club Vice Chairman Derek Weir today released the following update on the current reconstruction debate in Scottish Football.
He said, “I have represented Motherwell on the SPL Strategy Group, and as such, have heard the arguments for and against increasing or decreasing the size of the league. I’ve also been a season ticket holder at Fir Park since 1975 so fully understand the fans’ frustrations.
“The first point to make is that a ten team league has not been agreed. A document setting out the various options has been circulated to all clubs which recommends a number of changes, including league size. Some of those changes are good for Motherwell FC, others not so good. The changes have not yet been voted on and there is still far more work to be done before decisions are made.
“What we do have to bear in mind is the importance of the funds we receive from TV deals, other media and sponsors. We are unfortunately already in a position where our best players can move to lower leagues in other countries for significantly increased wages and any further reduction in income from those sources will only make this problem worse. This will lead to a decline in the quality on the pitch.
“The reality is that the media in particular want as many games between the bigger clubs as possible. Making any change which reduces the number of these games will inevitably impact on what they would be prepared to pay. Football is like any other business, it relies on maximising income to thrive. It is for this reason that we have been prepared to consider the two leagues of ten set-up but, despite what has been reported, we have not yet agreed to any of the proposals.
“Clearly the fans are a huge part of the game and we absolutely need to fully consider their views before making any decisions. That process is already well underway, with the SPL Chairman meeting representatives of the Supporters Trust from each club. I personally would much prefer that we obtained the vast majority of our income from fans paying to watch exciting live football!
“There is more work to be done before any conclusions are reached and I can absolutely assure you that all input and views are being considered as part of the process.”
Fans are also reminded that the club released the following statement on October 20th covering a great deal of these issues: https://www.motherwellfc.co.uk/2010/10/20/club-statement-4/