Controversial Hull City owner Assem Allam has confirmed that the club is available for sale, BBC
Allam failed in a bid to have the name of the club officially changed to Hull Tigers earlier this year, and at the time intimated that he would sell the club should his rebranding project be blocked.
“We stated earlier this year that the club would be for sale should our attempt to globally promote Hull Tigers as a brand name and as a playing name be blocked,” said Allam. “As a consequence of the FA decision on 9 April, I announced on 10 April, within 22 hours, that Hull City is for sale.”
While “the Tigers” has long been the club’s nickname, the attempt to incorporate this into the official club name drew anger from the supporters, who mounted a concerted campaign in opposition to the change.
Allam further enraged the City faithful by saying that the dissenting protesters could “die as soon as they want”.
The fans’ attempts to protect the history and heritage of the club name were ultimately successful as the FA rejected the proposed change in April, prompting Allam to make good on his promise to put the club up for sale. “When I say something, I mean it,” he confirmed.
Egypt-born Allam took control of the Tigers in 2010, and under his tenure has broken the club record for highest transfer fees paid on four occasions. Despite putting the club up for sale in April, this investment has continued, with Hull being one of the more active Premier League clubs in the summer transfer window, setting their record fee once again with the £10 million capture of Abel Hernandez from Palermo.
It is unclear as to whether or not there has been any interest from potential buyers, but seemed unconcerned, claiming that he was even prepared to walk away should no offers be forthcoming.
“I will give it away. Out means I’m out. Have I ever said anything and gone back on it?” he said.
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