MP to head fan-based group's bid to buy out Heart of Midlothian

The politician will try and bring the support clubs together to come up with a credible bid for the club.

Ian Murray MP.
Deadline

Politician Ian Murray MP is to head a fan-based group's bid to buy Heart of Midlothian football club.

On Wednesday, Mr Murray told STV News he had been asked to try and bring together all the various fans groups to come up with a bid for the club.

He said: "I have been approached by fans groups, of which there are many, to be an independent chair to try and see if we can pull together a credible bid to take over the club.

"What we’re going to try and do here is pull together all the fan groups and get them singing with one voice.

"Hopefully fans will back a bid if it’s the right bid and hopefully the club will accept it. The current economy shows there’s not going to be a white knight out there that’s going to save a football club and then spend many of millions as they did in the past. I think fans’ bids are the way to go."

Mr Murray said the main aim of any fans’ bid would be bring stability back to the club, which has been rocked by financial problems over the past few months.

He said: "If the bid’s accepted then what we need to do is be honest with the fans and say this is where we will take the club in the next few years. It’s about stability.

"The Hearts fans have had quite a good run of sporting success in the last few years but the instability of the club has been a real concern and six months ago the fans didn't think they were going to have a club to support at all."

When asked about Vladimir Romanov, Mr Murray said the fans groups would only be dealing with the board of directors at Hearts.

He said: "The board will then have to decide whether any bid from anyone is a credible bid. If they decide they want to put that to whoever’s controlling the strings at Heart of Midlothian it’s up to the board.

"We will not deal with any of the issues around Ukio Bankas or any of the current ownership. We will deal professionally with the board of Heart of Midlothian; anything else that’s going on in the background is for the current board to deal with."

Former head of marketing at Hearts, Lawrence Broadie, welcomed Mr Murray’s appointment.

He said: "I think it’s an excellent appointment, the supporters have made a very shrewd decision and brought somebody with business sense, political acumen and a real knowledge of Hearts to the table.

"He understands Hearts as a football club, he understands the city and he understands the supporters but I think most importantly he’s a step removed from the process at the moment so he brings a degree of impartiality to the table."

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check. That e-mail's already in our system. Please try again.
ShowHide
Forgot password?
This field is required. At least 6 characters please. Did you enter your details correctly?
If you've forgotten your details then use the 'Forgot password?' link.
Need to reset your password?

We'll send a link to reset your password to

We've sent you details on how to reset your password

Please check your email and follow the instructions.

Forgotten your email address?

Have you forgotten the email address that you previously joined with? Don't worry, by emailing enquiries@stv.tv we can help.

One account. All of STV.

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
At least 6 characters please
ShowHide
This field is required. At least 6 characters please.
You have to be 16 or over to join
This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date
Type your full postcode and select your address This field is required. It doesn't look like you've entered a valid postcode. Can't find your address? Confirm the details you've given us are correct by clicking here

By continuing you agree to our Terms of Use, including our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Any issues contact us.

Upload Profile Picture

Please make sure your image is under 2mb in size and a valid JPG, PNG or GIF.

Are you sure?

Unfortunately, you'll be unable to access our premium content. We’ll be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind you can rejoin us at any time.

Please verify your STV account

Please verify your STV account using the email we sent you. If you have lost the email, we can send you another one, just click the button below.

Thanks

We've sent you a new verification email.
Please check your email and follow the instructions to verify your account.

Welcome to STV
Thanks for joining us.

Oops!

Sorry, you must be at least 12 years old to place a vote for your Real Hero.

Please review our Voting Terms of Use for more information.

Oops!

Sorry! It seems that you are using a browser that is incompatible with our voting service.

To register your vote please copy the below URL in to your regular mobile browser. We recommend Google Chrome, or Safari.

http://shows.stv.tv/real-heroes/voting

Oops!

Sorry, you seem to have already voted in this category.

Thanks for voting

Now share your vote with friends on your social network

Share on twitter Share on facebook

Cast your vote

Please register or sign in to continue.

Cast your vote

This field is required. This doesn't appear to be a valid date

Cast your vote

Please fill out this form to cast your vote. As you are under 16 years old you will not create an STV account. Why do we need these details?

This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. Please enter at least 2 characters
This field is required. That doesn't look like a valid e-mail format, please check.
Location This field is required.
Parental Consent This field is required.

That's you. All that's left is to click the 'Submit Vote' button below. By doing so, you confirm that you and your parent or guardian have read and accept our Voting Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Cookie policy, and that the details you have entered are correct. We'll look after them as carefully as if they were our own.