Hibs supporters demand fan buyout

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A group of Hibs supporters have stated their intention to buyout the club’s majority shareholder Sir Tom Farmer and put the control of the club in the hands of the community. The group, Hands on Hibs, have met with members of the Hibs board to voice their discontent about the way the club is currently run. A Facebook page set up for the group has already attracted over a thousand members.

They said in a statement: “Hands on Hibs maintain our position that we are here to support the football club and work with others, including the board and majority shareholder, to move the club forward. We believe, if the will exists on all sides, a shared vision for the future can be developed.”

The group, led by Jim Slaven and Bradley Welsh, met with members of the board last week including Chairman Rod Petrie and Chief Executive Leeann Dempster.

Jim Slaven took to Twitter following the meeting to encourage supporters that the meeting had been a positive one, stating; “Very positive meeting with Hands on Hibs and reps from Hibs board today. Change is coming.”

After being relegated to the Scottish Championship at the end of last season, Hibs have struggled for form and are currently sitting fourth in the table behind Hearts, Rangers and Queen of the South.

This comes after Hearts fans also pumped money into their club this year in order to move towards fan ownership.

Fan ownership has worked before. Back in 2010 Stirling Albion became the first and only Scottish Football League club to be 100% owned by a fan trust. At the time they received backing from Andy Murray and Gordon Ramsay.

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