Hibernian chief promises transfer push

19 January 2011 11:00

Hibernian chairman Rod Petrie insists club chiefs are "re-doubling their efforts" to help manager Colin Calderwood bolster his squad this month following their Scottish Cup exit to Irn-Bru Second Division side Ayr United.

Tuesday night's 1-0 defeat in the fourth round replay at Somerset Park was the latest blow for the Edinburgh outfit, who sit joint second bottom of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. Addressing frustrated supporters on the club's official website, Petrie claims the club is working tirelessly behind the scenes to add new players.

"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," he said.

"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 (chief executive) 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."

Hibs must now attempt to recover from their shock midweek defeat when they travel to Motherwell this weekend, as they bid to move away from the relegation zone.

Source: PA