Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster has responded to continued criticism of the club by making an online plea for patience and understanding from supporters.
Dempster, riled by flak coming her way after the 0-0 draw with Dumbarton on Saturday, took to fans’ forum Hibs.net to defend herself and her team in light of a difficult start to the season. “I find the constant criticism of the club, the general picking to pieces of everything we do quite counter productive and de-motivating in a way,” she posted. “It is the same with the torrent of emails, sometimes text message and twitter messages received post match – you would think that we collectively come to work every day and say ‘what could we possibly do today that will upset and annoy the support at large?’
“I’m not looking for you to feel sorry for us but there has to be recognition that the constant negativity can’t be productive for anyone. The club is going through a period of major change – and yet again I am sure that will be jumped on as same old, same old but I know differently. Almost every element of the club is being shaped, changed and re-engineered to give supporters what they want.”
Dempster, who became Hibs’ CEO at the end of last season, urged supporters to keep faith with the team despite the fact they languish fifth in the Championship, 14 points behind Hearts. “I understand that what supporters mainly see is the performances on the pitch and therefore because ours have been stop-start this season, the obvious fallback of people when they are frustrated is to lash out and to claim that nothing has changed,” she continued.
“Well it is not. I have absolute faith in our football people and the team that sits behind all of them and who are supporting them which is why I will continue to do the same and why we need to keep our cool, keep our commitment and shape of the club and make sure Alan [Stubbs] and the team know they have my backing and the backing of everyone else to turn our season around and importantly to give us a platform to make the seasons beyond even better.”