After six months without football Hearts fans are planning to boycott eight Championship clubs, denying them the ‘maroon pound’.
On Monday just 16 SPFL clubs voted in favour of a 14 team top flight which would see Hearts and Inverness Caley Thistle moved into the top flight.
Soon after news of the vote emerged there was a predictable threat of legal action against the SPFL but as a members organisation Hearts will have to find something more substantial than ‘it’s no fair’ to challenge the decision of their fellow clubs.
Reconstruction and legal action has provided a welcome distraction from the chronic failings of Ann Budge who employed three managers to win four out of 30 SPFL matches.
Keeping that theme going the Edinburgh News spoke to Steve Kilgour of the Hearts Supporters Federation to build up support for a boycott of away matches.
The outcome of the league reconstruction talks is no surprise but we are all very angry We just hope Hearts take it all the way and use every legal route they can. I had quite a few calls even leading up to Monday’s decision. I’ve had a lot of calls from people saying: ‘Absolutely no away days apart from Inverness.’
One or two people have even suggested approaching Hearts to ask them not to handle away tickets, with the exception of Inverness. That’s nothing official from the Federation, it’s just the calls I’m getting.
So all these club treasurers sitting out there thinking they will get a bit Hearts support coming, they better think again. It won’t help playing Friday night games in the Championship either. There is a lot of anger among Hearts fans and that will carry on for a while, I think.
Good news for Hearts fans is that Steven Naismith has taken a 50% pay cut on the remaining three years of his Tynecastle deal.