Football: Football League to vote on plan for 12-club 'Super League'

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The Football League will consider plans for its own 12-club "Super League" for Nationwide teams. That is one of the four radical proposals that will be presented to the 72 member clubs at a meeting in London tomorrow. If it is accepted, moves to alter the League's structure could be under way by February.

Two separate working parties have been preparing proposals to present to the clubs. The first deals with an overhaul of the existing rule book to simplify the current regulations. The second is sure to create more controversy with its ideas for a radical shake-up of the current structure of three divisions of 24 clubs.

The League's working party proposes four alternatives:

1) Three divisions of 20, 26 and 26 clubs respectively with increased promotion and relegation between the divisions.

2) Four divisions of either 18 or 20 clubs with increased promotion and relegation.

3) Six divisions of 12 clubs with increased promotion and relegation.

4) The creation of a Football League Super League of 12 clubs with two divisions of 24 and another division of 12.

Gary Speed has taken Everton by surprise by asking for a transfer in order to set up a move to Newcastle. Speed is so unhappy at the way Everton's fortunes have taken a downward turn that he has asked to leave.

After 750 games for Everton, Neville Southall was told yesterday that he can leave on loan. Southall, 39, had already been told he can leave Everton on a free transfer whenever Kendall found a replacement. The club gave a debut to Norwegian keeper Thomas Myhre at Leeds on Saturday, the pounds 800,000 signing from Viking Stavanger putting in an inspiring display.

Southall is keen to step into management and has been linked with the West Bromwich job. He tried unsuccessfully for the post before Ray Harford - now at Queen's Park Rangers - was appointed10 months ago.

Nottingham Forest hope to reach a settlement with Anderlecht by Christmas over the 1984 Uefa Cup bribery affair. Forest are seeking more than pounds 1m compensation after the Belgian club admitted paying a "loan" to the referee of the second leg of the 1984 semi-final, in which Anderlecht beat Forest.

Darren Jackson marked his first start since undergoing brain surgery with a goal as Celtic beat Aberdeen 2-0 last night.

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