Jan 18 2013 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser
Geoff Brown had added his tuppence-worth to the debate raging over the future make-up of Scottish football.
The former Saints chairman maintains the status quo is a better bet than the tabled blueprint for leagues of 12, 12 and 18.
He has reiterated fears that several clubs could teeter into administration and wage bills have to be slashed but in a BBC interview he said: “Look at the first half of the SPL season and it has been very competitive. Personally I don’t see anything wrong with what we’ve got. I always advocated that it should be a 12-10 set-up and then change to 10-12 in a couple of years.
“When push comes to shove the financiers are going to have their say. The people talking about change are all saying they are going to earn more money but after 25 years in the game I can tell them that is not the case.”
Brown is also advocating slashing the number of substitutes in SPL games from seven.
“No manager will thank me for this but I believe we should be playing with a squad of 20 players.
“In my mind that is adequate. Going back to five subs would be the first step because I don’t think you would get the clubs to agree to three.”
● PA Sport can reveal St Johnstone are set to bring in well-known local hotel manager Chris Charalambous in a general manager role.
He is a well-known face on the Big County business scene. Currently, he is manager at the Mercure City Mills and previously was in charge of the Station Hotel.
In recent months, Chris has been involved behind the scenes on match days at McDiarmid Park.
He takes up his new role early next month.
● Former Saints boss Derek McInnes is being linked with Dundee United after yesterday’s announcement that Peter Houston’s time at Tannadice will end in the summer. McInnes lost his job at Bristol City last week but is still highly regarded in Scotland.
● Perth-based Arbroath striker Steven Doris was yesterday awarded the William Hill Scottish Cup Player of the Round award for a goalscoring display against Celtic.
He has returned from a trial at Birmingham with the English side reluctant to part with cash for him at this stage of the season. Doris attracted more than 50% of the votes cast by fans to claim the award.
● Details for the Barossa Street Saints bus to Motherwell: The bus will leave Barossa Street at noon on Sunday and there are no Scone or Bridgend pick-ups on this occasion.
The cost is £7 per person with under 12’s accompanied by an adult travelling for free. Phone 01738 628391 to book a seat. All welcome. The McDiarmid bus leaves on Sunday for Fir Park at 11am for the 2.15pm kick off.
● Round two of the Muirton Suite Quiz Night will take place on Friday, February 8 at 7.30pm in The Muirton Suite.
The quiz will take the same format as the first round back in September, with teams of four invited to take part at a cost of £20 per team, which entitles each member to a drink and a bowl of stovies at half-time.
There will be prizes.
Can any teams who took part in round one who wish to enter the second event confirm attendance by Monday.
Any new teams wishing to take part in this fun quiz are more than welcome.
To confirm or enter a new team please call McDiarmid Park on 459090 for more information.