Tuesday 20 February 2018

Allam shows stripes on Tigers vote

Assem Allam could walk away from Hull
Assem Allam could walk away from Hull

A ballot opened to Hull season ticket holders over the club's controversial name-change plans contains another strong hint that owner Assem Allam could walk away from the club if he does not get his way.

Fans have until next week to vote on one of three options regarding the planned change to Hull Tigers, although the Football Association's membership committee has already recommended the club's application be rejected when the full FA Council meet on April 9.

In the ballot posted on the club's official website, Allam appears to be giving fans a stark choice - back the name-change, or hasten the exit of the Egyptian owner and his family.

The three options in the poll, of which fans have been asked to pick just one, are:

:: Yes to Hull Tigers with the Allam family continuing to lead the club.

:: No to Hull Tigers.

:: I am not too concerned and will continue to support the club either way.

The worst fears of fans' group City Till We Die appear to have been realised, with the group expressing its concern earlier this week that the ballot would be used as a vote of confidence in the Allam family.

The poll does not appear to present the option of both no name change and the continuing support of the Allam family.

Allam has consistently stated his intention to sell the club "within 24 hours" if the name-change bid is finally defeated.

The owner is convinced a change in branding will raise the club's commercial profile and make it more marketable.

Allam told the Guardian this week: " If the FA does not allow our plan, we will walk away, put it on the market to sell the club.

"We would not put it into liquidation; there is a lot of money at stake. I will get my money when I sell."

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