Sons call for unity
Chairman explains vote on SPFL enquiry
Dumbarton chairman John Steele has called on Scottish clubs to find a way of working together positively after the Sons were one of 27 to vote against an independent SPFL investigation.
In another turbulent week in the boardrooms of Scottish football, Rangers’ proposals for a probe into the governing body highlighted serious concerns about how the vote to end the season early was carried out.
The Glasgow side claimed they had a “dossier of evidence” and that clubs were “bullied” into voting in favour of ending lower league seasons in April. Their case was backed by 13 SPFL clubs including Aberdeen, Hearts and Stranraer.
However, the Sons were one of those to vote against the proposed investigation.
Steele (below) explained: “We voted against the resolution because, after careful consideration of the objections raised, we did not think the reasons put forward were sufficiently important, relevant or in some cases, sufficiently substantiated to merit the time, cost and effort of an independent inquiry.
“That does not mean that there are no questions about governance, procedure and structure with regard to the way the SPFL operates.
“There clearly are, and these need to be considered carefully once a pathway beyond lockdown and the current challenges has been found.
“But in relation to the motion for an independent enquiry, our concern was that, in addition to being unnecessary on the terms in which it was formulated, it would only have created further distraction, division and diversion at a time when all clubs and actors within the game need to be finding ways of working together positively.”
The investigation’s failure to clear the first hurdle looks set to return league reconstruction to the agenda – just weeks after a planned 14/14/14 system that would’ve seen Sons moving into the second-tier was rejected.
However, manager Jim Duffy believes that now isn’t the time for a drastic overhaul of the system.
He told the Lennox: “I’m not a big fan of reconstruction. There are far bigger things facing Scottish football at the moment and reconstruction shouldn’t be to save clubs, it should be the best thing for clubs at a particular moment in time.
“I don’t agree with Hearts, Partick Thistle and Stranraer going down – but clubs had a decision to make and that’s what they voted on.
“Whatever is decided on will leave some clubs unhappy and some feeling as if they’ve got out of jail.
“To rush that through and try to save clubs from relegation is wrong now though. If reconstruction was on the agenda then it should’ve been discussed six months ago.
“The system we have at the moment is as good as any, it’s competitive and the playoffs at either end give all teams something to play for.”
Vice-chairman Colin Hosie added: “Reconstruction is off the table for now, but it may well come back. “We are continuing to consult with our supporters, and we will be looking to participate constructively in any future discussions on league structure and governance.”