Scottish strugglers turning to English clubs for investment looks desperate | Ewan Murray

27 January 2024 08:00
As Hibs bank on a merger with Bournemouth, the prospect of teams being subservient to Premier League masters is grimHands Off Hibs was one of the most successful movements of its kind in British football. The audacious attempts of Wallace Mercer, the then Heart of Midlothian chairman, to purchase a major shareholding in Hibernian met with shock, vehement opposition and outright hostility. The bid, announced casually in an Edinburgh hotel, was a leading item on the Six O’Clock News on 4 June 1990.Mercer’s plan was flawed on umpteen levels. Threats to his life and the necessity for 24-hour security around the businessman emphasised that not all of his detractors were rational. Nonetheless, the byproduct of his merger bid was the mobilising of the Hibs support to a level that sufficiently impressed Tom Farmer. Under Farmer, Hibs were not only saved as a Scottish sporting institution but stabilised. Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian