Stubbs: Promotion can bring fans back in droves

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs

Hibs head coach Alan Stubbs

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs believes the flood of season ticket sales at Easter Road can be turned into a torrent by winning promotion to the Premiership.

The Capital club revealed earlier this week that figures were currently running ten per cent ahead of this time last year with more than 5000 having already been snapped up with the promise every penny raised will go towards helping Stubbs continue his rebuilding plans.

Stubbs insisted that news proves fans are buying into what he and his backroom staff are trying to do, having taken over last summer when the club was at its lowest ebb, 
reeling from relegation and with a host of first-team players being released at the end of their contracts.

Today, Hibs have the chance to clinch second place in the Championship table and so ensure themselves a less strenuous play-off programme as they bid to join Capital rivals Hearts in the top flight.

When Stubbs took over from Terry Butcher, Hibs boasted a miserable record of just two home wins in the second half of last season but they’ve now gone through the current campaign losing only three times on their own turf, a record only bettered by the champions.

The growing optimism engendered by that record, claimed Stubbs, has been reflected in season ticket sales with the promise of many more to come. The head coach said: “I think it’s slowly but surely starting to turn. At this moment in time, I think the fans have bought into what we’re trying to do.

“There’s still room for improvement. I still think we can sell more and we have our part to play in that as well – myself, my staff and the players. They play a huge part in that.

“We can’t expect fans to dig deep into their pockets if they don’t see a team worthy of that on the pitch and I do get the general sense they are happy with the way things are going, with the players that we have brought in and the style of play.

“We just need to try and finish the season off now and reward ourselves by getting promoted.”