Petrie apologises for ‘dismal’ season at Hibs

Hibs chairman Rod Petrie
Hibs chairman Rod Petrie
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Chairman Rod Petrie today admitted that Hibs had endured a ‘dismal’ season but urged fans to continue to back the club.

The Easter Road outfit will face a play-off against either Hamilton or Falkirk to stay in the top flight after yesterday’s 1-0 defeat to Kilmarnock confirmed a 11th-placed finish in the Scottish Premiership.

Hibs have won only once in their last 19 games with pressure mounting on Petrie and the management team of Terry Butcher and Maurice Malpas.

In a message to fans on the club’s website today, Petrie said: “Saturday’s match against Kilmarnock was like our whole season in one match - commitment and energy from the players to put ourselves in a good position, but without a result. The team was driven on by passionate supporters who want the best for their team and the best for their club. The club thanks you for playing your part.

“The league campaign is over. Eleventh in the table is a dismal outcome - well below what the club expects and well below the capabilities of the management team and the players. We are sorry not to have achieved better results in 2014.

“In ten days, we have a play-off to win over two legs. The players and the manager need your support to make sure we take care of business on the field and finally put this season behind us.

“Looking ahead, 2014 will be a year of change for Hibernian. It has already been announced that Leeann Dempster is joining us as Chief Executive. That means day-to-day responsibility for running of the club will pass to Leeann - a change which has been universally welcomed by Hibernian supporters.

“There are other changes in the pipeline too which will see further radical change at your club both in the way that it organises itself and in the way in which it engages with the Hibernian Family and the wider community. Leeann will need your support to implement change.

“I have to ask for your patience and for your support for the team both on and off the pitch. We have to keep the focus of our attention on the team and on the sporting result we need. As we move through the summer and into the start of next season the wind of change will blow through the club to enrich and reinvigorate it for the benefit of every Hibernian supporter.”