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AN OPEN LETTER FROM HEARTS MANAGING DIRECTOR, DAVIDSOUTHERN
Heart of Midlothian Football Club managing director today (27
August 2013) wrote an open letter tosupporters, published on the club
s website, the Foundation of Hearts website, and social mediachannels of both organisations. The letter is reproduced in full:
Dear Supporter, As managing director of Heart of Midlothian Football Club, I believe that we as supporters now have agolden opportunity to secure the future of the club for many generations to come.With the announcement that the Foundation of Hearts in association with every key independentsupporter organisation has secured preferred bidder status and broken through the 7,000 member mark, we are on the verge of creating another defining moment in the history of the club.This year is the eve of the 100
anniversary of the greatest team ever to wear maroon and I can thinkof no better tribute to that team than for us all to have secured the future of Hearts by the time wecelebrate such a significant anniversary.The
magnitude of our 1914 team’s commitment and ultimate sacrifice can never be over stated. They
stepped forward when the risk was greatest and because of them
and thousands of other bravemen and women including many Hearts supporters and shareholders
we have the luxury of watching Heart of Midlothian play football today.I have said before that while we may not have the sporting success of the Real Madrids, Barcelonasand Manchester Uniteds of this world, we do have a history every bit as rich.Every one of us has enjoyed the highs of the Scottish Cup wins, Champions League qualification,regular European competition, the associated big nights at Tynecastle, and that unforgettable record-equalling league win run. That hugely successful chapter has closed and we are now opening a new
chapter in the club’s history
.The departure of the former owner and Board presents an opportunity to establish certainty andstabilise the club for future generations. We are now being asked to step forward when our clubneeds us most.
There is a “cost” but, in my own view, it is negligible when compared to the cost of
not securing the club now.This is our moment. If we hesitate, it may not just be the moment that is gone.Hearts is a club of the people, it always has been. If anyone ever needed proof of that it has beendemonstrated time and time again particularly in recent months, and not simply in financial terms. AsHearts supporters you can rightly take pride in how you do things, not just what you do.I know I speak on behalf of the staff at Tynecastle when I thank you for your on-going efforts to securea more stable future for the club. The dignity shown throughout such trying times is as valuable asany sum of money that has been raised.For this reason, it is only right that you are now in pole position to take ownership of the club.