Protest Group Want O'Neill
Updated Thursday, 17th November 2011
I can't remember the last time a club listened to the fans when making a big decision like a new manager. 'Hibsforchange' may be whistling in the wind
On Fenlon, 'Hibsforchange' organiser Keith Sands said: "He is currently the second best manager in the Irish league, which is the equivalent of the Scottish First Division. Surely if the board are looking to the Irish league for our new manager they would go for Michael O'Neill, who is currently and, for the last two years, has been the best manager in Ireland. He also knows the Scottish game, and our famous club, having played here."
'Hibsforchange' mounted a small scale protest last week against the Hibs board and chairman Rod Petrie as the shareholders entered Easter Road for the club's AGM. Sands added: "We would, as Hibs fans, all be behind Pat Fenlon, Michael O'Neill or whoever the board choose. "But just remember this - (owner) Tom Farmer put his neck on the line and publicly backed Rod Petrie, who in turn backed Scott Lindsay (executive director) and Fife Hyland (managing director). If this next appointment goes wrong, and as a Hibs fan, like all Hibs fans, I sincerely hope it doesn't, then all I can say to the board is 'You can run but you can't hide.'"
The planned protest ahead of Saturday's game against Kilmarnock has been called off out of "respect" for caretaker boss Billy Brown and the players.