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Hull owner Allam told to forget about name change


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By Stephen Donovan

Wednesday 19 March 2014

Hull City supporters have urged owner Assem Allam to abandon his plan to change the club’s name in favour of rebuilding his relationship with the fans, ITV Sport has reported.


Assem Allam


Throughout the season, Allam has attempted to change the name of the club to Hull Tigers, in order for the its brand to appeal to a wider global audience. However, the proposal has been met with widespread disapproval from the supporters.


On Monday, the FA was advised by its membership committee to reject the name change, with a decision expected on April 9. Allam has threatened to resign should he not succeed in his attempts, but the Hull supporters are urging him to forget about changing the name of the club.


Mark Gretton, spokesperson for fans’ group City Till We Die, said: "We have said from the start, this has not been an anti-Allam campaign, and we have taken a lot of care to make sure it hasn't been. We are more than happy to work with them.


"If more revenue is needed at the club - and we recognise absolutely we need to grow the brand, we would be delighted with that.


"In many ways, the Allams have been excellent owners of our club and whatever happens, we have a lot to be thankful to them for.


"When they stepped in, the club was in a parlous position. It's been the issue of the name-change which has caused the problem.


"We have been broadly happy with what's happened under the Allams' ownership of the club and we would like this to be finished. That's why we welcome a season ticket holders' poll.


"If we can get a popular vote against the name change, we are not going to crow about it, we have no need to.


"Hopefully, he would just abandon the plan and we could say, 'Well done for being the bigger man'. We'd be delighted about that and we could start afresh."


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