Hibs will next week launch a major series of debates and discussions with their fans, with chief executive Leeann Dempster promising “nothing is off the table”.
Dempster, who is intent in taking Hibs into the heart of the community, told supporters a month ago of her intention to begin a wide-ranging consultation with them and has now revealed that will get under way following the League Cup clash against Dumbarton.
Supporters representation and ownership of the Easter Road outfit are just two topics Dempster expects to be hotly debated, with the chief executive keen to use fans views voiced during the exercise to help shape the club’s future.
Insisting every Hibs supporter can have their voice heard, she said: “It will be an opportunity to come and speak directly to us, on a one-to-one basis, on a group basis and there will also be a digital element as well. We are just wanting to get involved in meaningful discussions about the future of the club.
“It’s going to be a major piece of work, but I think it’s important that we get it done. It is important we listen and that will help inform us about the direction of the club moving forward. We have our own ideas, we have ideas put to us from other groups as well, so the consultation process is certainly going to get under way – and quickly.”
Hibs’ future has, of course, been under intense scrutiny in recent months, with former Easter Road player Paul Kane spearheading the Forever Hibernian movement which has already put two proposals to club owner Sir Tom Farmer, while a £3.5 million bid from a consortium headed by financial advisor David Low has been rejected. Dempster, however, is optimistic about what lies ahead following a summer of change which has seen new head coach Alan Stubbs and his backroom staff put in place as she overhauls the structure of the club.
She said: “It’s been great, it’s been exciting. I’m very pleased with the way things have gone and the changes we have achieved in a relatively short space of time.”
Dempster is now keen to see the process of greater involvement from fans begin. She said: “Nothing is off the table, we will talk about supporters’ representation, whether it be on the board, about the ownership of the club moving forward, about how to engage with supporters.
“I want to reassure people there will be no sacred cows. We will talk about the future of the club and listen to the views of supporters and take that and form some kind of basis of a direction moving forward.”