Two former Hibs captains have called on fans to back Easter Road boss Alan Stubbs’ decision to extend his contract with the Capital club by giving him as much financial support as they can.
The head coach, his assistant Andy Holden and first-team coach John Doolan have pledged their futures to Hibs until the summer of 2017 but, in doing so, Stubbs urged more supporters to “get themselves along to Easter Road.”
Now Jackie McNamara and George Stewart have backed Stubbs’ call, claiming the improvements made over the past year can continue – if the fans repay the faith the trio have displayed in agreeing new deals.
Declaring the news as “a clear statement of intent and ambition”, McNamara insisted now was the time for many more supporters to join the move towards fan ownership, the aim being to raise £2.5 million in return for a 51 per cent stake in their club.
McNamara, a director of Hibernian Supporters Limited, the vehicle set up to help ordinary fans buy shares, said: “I have been really impressed with the progress of the team under Alan’s leadership.
“I think most fans have been pleased to see the improvements in standards and hopefully this progress can continue this year and, with a fair wind, we will get back to the Premiership.”
And that goal can be more readily be achieved, claimed McNamara, by supporters giving as much backing as they can, adamant it’s up to them to determine what ambition they have for their club.
He said: “It’s no secret that every club in Scotland is operating in a very difficult financial environment and we must choose what we want for our club. We cannot simply continue to look for others to fund our ambition.
“We have a unique opportunity at Hibernian. If we are as fans willing to contribue to the cause we are being given something in return, shares in the club. This opportunity is all about accepting responsibility for our club. The more fans that step forward and join HSL, the easier it is.
“Many fans contributing a small amount will make a huge difference. Alan has put his faith in us, so now let’s put our faith in him.”
Stewart, an HSL member added: “Our ‘friends’ across the city are pouring money into their club to help them get to the top of Scottish football and I would urge all of my fellow Hibees to really support our club at this critical time by joining HSL and get much-needed funds into the club.”