Hands on Hibs, one of the most vociferous groups opposed to the Easter Road club’s share issue, has agreed to bring its campaign to an end.
The move comes following talks between Hibs chairman Rod Petrie and fellow director Amanda Jones and Bradley Welsh and Jim Slaven, two members of HOH’s steering group, a meeting which was described as “extensive and friendly.”
The upshot was a joint statement reading: “Following constructive talks at Easter Road Stadium between Hands On Hibs and the board of Hibernian Football Club, the Hands On Hibs group have agreed the priority for supporters at this time is to get behind the team in our push for promotion.
“Hands On Hibs have agreed to the board’s request for an end to their campaign against the share issue and HSL scheme. The group’s concerns with the HSL scheme are well known. However Hibs supporters now have enough information about the scheme to decide for themselves whether to support the scheme.
“The board remain critical of Hand On Hibs tactics but welcome their decision to refocus their energies on supporting the team. The board reiterates its view that this share issue offers the supporters of Hibernian the best opportunity to widen ownership and have increased supporter and community involvement in the football club.
The current share issue is part of the process of change at Hibernian Football Club. As part of this process the board will conduct a review of the share issue in September, shortly after the closing date of August 31.
“This review will include representations from supporters and shareholders. We urge all supporters to engage positively in this process and to unite in their support for the manager and the team.”