Two Hibs fans could be sitting on the Easter Road board within the next couple of months after the Capital club received more than 40 nominations for the non-executive posts.
Nominations closed on Friday, and the next stage in the process will see optional meeting dates set up with some of the club’s serving non-execs, Bruce Langham, Amanda Jones, Brian Houston and Colin McNeill, to gain greater insight into the role, the time demands and the responsibilities.
After that, those wishing to continue for public election will be invited to provide personal statements to give the wider support base more information on candidates they will vote for.
It is expected that the two new non-executives will attend the first board meeting of 2015 in January.
The move follows consultations led by Hibs chief executive Leeann Dempster who held three meetings with supporters in early September followed by a fans survey which showed an overwhelming desire for having representatives on the board with some 85 per cent responding positively.
Dempster said: “We are very pleased with the level of interest shown.
“We can now let those interested in taking up the offer meet with existing non-executive directors informally so that they can find out all they want to know about what the role entails.
“Then we will move into the election phase.”
Individuals who nominated themselves will receive communication from the club in the coming days.
Meanwhile, Hibs have received their full allocation of tickets for the third Edinburgh derby of the season at Tynecastle on January 3, allaying fears they’d be handed a reduced number after only 1300 Rangers fans, less than half the normal number, were able to watch Saturday’s match with Hearts at the Gorgie ground.
Hearts insisted the move was to reward fans’ loyalty and the top-of-the-table clash was watched by more than 17,000.
However, Hibs supporters will, as usual, occupy the entire 3400-capacity Roseburn Stand for the New Year derby. Tickets went on sale to season ticket holders this morning.
Hibs revealed a hitch in selling tickets for their match away to Falkirk a week on Saturday, a postal delay meaning they have yet to receive delivery.
Joe McBride’s Under-20 side were aiming to stretch their unbeaten run in the SPFL Development League to eight matches when they faced Ross County away later today.