Petrie rally's support after fans unite in disgust
By Steven Connolly
Wednesday 19 Jan 2011 17:35:00
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Hibs chairman Rod Petrie has issued a rallying cry via the Hibs website following receipt of many letters wondering in which direction the club was headed following yet another dismal defeat, this time a Scottish Cup at the hands of Second Division outfit Ayr United.

Supporters of the club are currently desolate with the way the players are performing with many openly critical of the board, management and players.

Despite fantastic vocal support on Tuesday night a vastly experienced side failed to overcome their part time counterparts and offered absolutely no indication as to where their next goal never mind victory would come from.

Rarely have Hibs fans seen such a collective group of apparently disinterested players adorning the famous green and white shirt and are demanding answers across the board as Hibs freefall from European contenders to stick on relegation candidates continues with no apparent end in sight.

Boss Colin Calderwood, a replacement for John Hughes earlier this season has already come under fire from many in the rank and file although it's difficult to imagine many who could make a silk purse from a sow's ear such is the current quality within the first team squad.

Petrie has issued a statement aimed at appeasing many supporters who've contacted the club during these difficult times and has promised the club will redouble it's efforts in a bid to end the alarming slump.

The full statement, available on the official website reads : 

Supporters have been in touch with the Club directly today, and over the past few weeks, expressing their frustration about recent performances and results. This feedback is not ignored, nor dismissed, but responded to as quickly as possible.

The pain of another early exit from the Scottish Cup is real and lasting. Every supporter feels it. The players and coaching staff feel it. The Manager feels it. And the Board feels it. We are Hibernian and we are all in this together.

The Hibernian support at Somerset Park was noisy and vocal and supported the team to the final whistle. It was all that the players could have wished for and we thank those that made the trip last night.

Professional sport is brutal - the margin between success and failure can be the width of a post, or a ricochet in the penalty box where the ball falls kindly for the opposing team.That brutality makes it compelling, and an emotional roller coaster.

We need to harness our emotions to create a positive environment for the team to perform.That's why the travelling support at Somerset Park and, indeed, the Singing Section at Easter Road Stadium have been an inspiration.That support is vital now as we gear ourselves up for a demanding second half of the Season.

The Board remains focused on our core principles. We will continue to listen to and consult with supporters through forums, meetings and on match days. We are committed to continuing the excellent work of the Academy in developing young players. And we will do what we have always done and continue to support the Manager to the very limit of our resources in bringing new players to the Club and shaping the squad the way he wants it.

We have been working consistently with Colin since he arrived to identify how we can improve things in this Transfer Window and again in the Summer. The lack of new faces so far is not a 'policy decision' or the lack of effort from the Manager and his coaching staff or willingness and resource from the Board. This is a difficult window in which to make changes and things tend to happen towards the end of the window rather than at the start of it. We've done it before and we will do it again.

Scott Lindsay and I had our regular, scheduled meeting with the Manager and Scouting Co-ordinator earlier today to review progress on the many enquiries which have been made so far. While your Club always seeks to go about its business in a quiet and professional way, you should not mistake this for a lack of effort, commitment or activity. We will re-double our efforts to add some fresh faces in this window for the fight ahead.

Make no mistake, it will be a fight. We have missed out on the Scottish Cup Final but we now have a number of 'cup finals' in the league programme ahead. Silky football or ugly football, it is getting points that matters. It is points that will now define our Season.

We all need to play our part to win that fight. That means turning Easter Road Stadium into a fortress both on and off the pitch. It needs to be a wall of sound, supporting those privileged enough to wear the green and white - no matter what the score - from the first to the final whistle.

The players want to win. The fans want to win. The Board wants to win. We all want to be competing at the top of the SPL, in the latter stages of the Cups, and in regular European competition. We are all passionate about Hibernian, the club that means so much to us all. Together we are stronger. Pulling together we can get back to winning ways."



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