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Last Updated: Thursday, 26 October 2006, 20:11 GMT 21:11 UK
Farmer content with Hibs backseat
Sir Tom Farmer (left) and Rod Petrie
Farmer (left) is happy to let Petrie (right) run the Easter Road club
Hibernian majority shareholder Sir Tom Farmer has no plans to take a more active role in the running of the club.

The Leith-born businessman has been involved at Easter Road for 15 years and helped rescue Hibs from financial meltdown and a possible takeover.

But he is not a big football fan and is content to let chairman Rod Petrie pull the strings in the boardroom.

"I'm not hands-on at all, never have done and never claim to be," said Farmer, the founder of Kwik-Fit.

Hibs fans will always be grateful to Farmer for stepping in to help stave off a proposed merger with Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

But many have been frustrated that the multi-millionaire's vast wealth has not been used to strengthen the team.

With Famer's help and cost-cutting measures at the club, Hibs' debt is now down to 6.8m.

And he said: "There is a management team at Hibs under Rod Petrie and the board of directors whose responsibility is the day-to-day management of the club.

"They try to make sure the club is there not just next year but for another 100 years - and they've done that.

"That's proved with the way in which the finances of the club have made a dramatic improvement over last years.

"I've total confidence in Rod to work hard. He's a one-in-a-million guy. He's done a great job and has some strength."

Farmer rarely attends Hibs matches but what he has seen in recent seasons has impressed him.

"It's like going to the theatre, what you want is entertainment for that couple of hours.

"I know supporters say 'yeah, that's great, but we'd like to have a team that is winning all the time' and I appreciate that. But it's about entertainment too."


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