Comment: Fans’ support needed more than ever

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hearts are more than just a football team.

To the community and their devoted fans, they are, like their city rivals in the east, an ­integral part of everyday life. The mood of whole streets can be ­influenced by a missed kick or a last-minute goal on a Saturday ­afternoon.

Contemplating a future without the Jambos was unimaginable, even perhaps for many diehard 
Hibbies.

Today, that does not have to be contemplated any longer. The cloud which has hung over ­Gorgie for more than a year has been ­lifted. The club has been saved from liquidation and can look ­forward to a new future under fan ownership.

All those involved in the long and complex takeover deal are to be applauded, bringing to an end the decade-long Romanov era which will certainly make for colourful reading in the annuls of the club’s history. From incredible highs of cup wins to the desperate lows of recent times, this period will be remembered for one key triumph. It has ultimately led to the club being placed in the ­control of the fans and should mean the Tynecastle keys are never in the wrong hands again.

There is a stable ownership which will put the interests of the team, fans, and the community at the heart, removing worries about the sell-off of its historic home.

The next chapter in a proud 140-year history starts today. It will not be easy. Gone are the days of ­generous transfer budgets.

Life in the Championship ­following relegation this year will be testing, though perhaps ­profitable at the turnstiles with the presence of Rangers.

This is not the panacea then, but it is a new beginning. While fans can breathe a little easier today, their support will be needed more than ever as the club looks to the future.

After the efforts of the last year, we can be sure that support is never in doubt.