It’s been a depressing 24 hours for Hull City supporters with it appearing likely that the club will change its name from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers. Plus, on top of that, Hull City have reported loses of £28million in the last 12 months.
On November 1, Allam met with Hull City supporters. During the meeting, Dr. Allam promised not to change the name of the club until market research and consultation with fans has been completed.
However, Allam has again gone out on the attack (and has presumably ditched his promise to rely on market research) by stating that “most fans [are] behind [the] name change to Hull Tigers, and [the] vocal minority won’t sway [the] final decision.”
Here’s what the Hull City owner said this week:
“I honestly don’t know why a small group are making all this fuss.
“It’s up to me. Nobody in the world will decide for me how I run my companies, certainly not a few hundred people. No, no, no. I will not allow that. Let us establish this – nobody questions my decisions in my business.
“What the fans should be interested in – I will never change the color, I will never change the logo, I will never remove Hull, I will never remove Tigers.
“These words were there for many years. The color of the club, amber and black, is there. The logo is there. That’s for the fans and I will never change this without consulting the fans.”
Meanwhile, the City Till We Die Group plan on encouraging Hull City supporters to sing “City Till I Die” at 19.04 into games (to honor the name the club has had since 1904). Plus the supporters plan on distributing thousands more ‘No To Hull Tigers’ badges and hundreds more ‘City Till We Die scarves,’ in addition to unveiling a 25-foot-wide City Till We Die flag at matches.
Hull City AFC are planning to announce shortly that the club lost £27.8million in the 12 months prior to July 31 this year.
Here are tonight’s world soccer news headlines:
- Assem Allam: ‘Most fans behind name change to Hull Tigers and vocal minority won’t sway final decision — Hull Daily Mail
- Name calling continues at Hull as Allam refuses to back down — Inside World Football
- Hull City lose nearly £28m — The Political Economy of Football
- Roberto Martinez says Apostolos Vellios has harmed his Everton FC chances by refusing to go out on loan — Liverpool Echo
- Jon Walters believes Chico Flores tried to get Steven Nzonzi sent off — Sky Sports
- Gus Poyet not ruling out January recalls for loan duo Danny Graham and Alfred N’Diaye — Newcastle Chronicle
- John Terry is being lined up for a move to Galatasaray by Roberto Mancini — The Mail
- Olivier Giroud: 5 key areas the Arsenal striker has improved this season — Bleacher Report
- PFA to introduce a blanket ban on its employees gambling on football — The Mail
- Sunderland ready to give villain-turned-hero Phil Bardsley a new contract — Metro
- Fox Sports 1′s ratings aren’t all doom and gloom — Awful Announcing
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic says Sweden “deserve” World Cup berth over Portugal — Pro Soccer Talk
- Fifa claims it is close to deal with Premier League to switch 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar to winter — Telegraph
- England v Chile: Rickie Lambert fired up by alleged Alexis Sanchez ‘soft’ comments — The Independent
- Eidur Gudjohnsen ready to take final step to World Cup with Iceland — The Telegraph
- World Cup blood and urine samples to be sent to Switzerland for testing — Inside World Football
- Barcelona’s Alexis Sanchez laughs off England’s World Cup hopes — The Mirror
- Aitor Karanka: Middlesbrough confirm appointment of former Real Madrid assistant — The Independent
- Sheffield United director Selahattin Baki’s hooligan past revealed — The Mail
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