Too easy to blame Rod Petrie – Leeann Dempster

Under fire: Rod Petrie
Under fire: Rod Petrie
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New chief executive Leeann Dempster moved to reassure supporters that she has full control of running Hibs as she claimed it was “unfair” for critics to lay the blame for the club’s demise squarely at Rod Petrie’s door.

Disgruntled fans were due to descend on Easter Road this morning to stage a Petrie Out protest as they don’t want the chairman remaining part of the club even though he has vowed to step into the background in a non-executive role.

Attempting to take the heat off the embattled Petrie, who has overseen the club’s drop into the Championship, Dempster was adamant that the buck stops with her for all matters to do with Hibs from now on.

The former Motherwell CEO said: “I’ve got the ball now, the responsibility is on me, the focus needs to go on me. The choices I make and the recommendations I make to the board are going to be the ones which are hopefully going to take the club forward.

“To say that the chairman needs to go is, in my view, quite a simplistic approach and probably an unfair one.”