Petrie Out campaign send proposals to Hibs owner

Paul Kane
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Hibs fans bidding to oust chairman Rod Petrie have sent two detailed proposals to owner Sir Tom Farmer outlining how they think the Easter Road club should be run.

But Petrie Out campaign leader Paul Kane refused to divulge details of the plans, citing a request for confidentiality from the Kwik-Fit founder.

Kane met with Farmer and Petrie last week along with prominent fans financial adviser Ian Blackford and city solicitor George Moore and has submitted, via email, the proposals and is now awaiting a response.

The former Hibs midfielder said: “It was important to open dialogue directly with the club owner and majority shareholder. I have now submitted documents outlining our proposals in detail. I am confident Sir Tom will give them full and proper consideration as we hope everyone has the long-term interests of Hibs at heart.

“I would also like to bring the fans up to date about the proposals as soon as we can, but, at this stage, I have agreed to respect Sir Tom Farmer’s request for confidentiality.

“Meanwhile, as the new season draws closer, fans are concerned about the club’s prospects, so it’s important we pushed ahead with our proposals.”

The Petrie Out group was set up in the wake of Hibs’ relegation from the Scottish Premiership, a rally at Easter Road attracting around 1500 angry fans after the chairman said he had no intention of stepping down, having intimated new chief executive Leeann Dempster would be assuming full responsibility for the day-to-day running of the club.

Dempster has also insisted she has full autonomy as she leads the search for a new manager, having received more than 40 applications following the sacking of Terry Butcher.