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Football Association saying “No” to Hull City name change ahead of April 9

Mar 17, 2014, 3:29 PM EDT

Assem Allam, hating the word 'City' but loving his Tigers' form thus far this season. Getty Images

April 9 will be a big day in the long-running story regarding Hull City ownership’s desire to formally change the name of the club from Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers, and another side is coming down on the side of the fans.

Supporters have been up-in-arms regarding the quest of owners Assem and Ehab Allam to change the name to make the club more internationally marketable, and the Football Association’s Membership Committee is the next group ready to back the supporters ahead of the April meeting.

The committee’s recommendation to reject the name change is reportedly unanimous.

Vice chairman Ehab Allam took a more fan-friendly approach to trying to sway public opinion with his open letter to the fans, while Assem Allam seems to prefer the threatening route.

It’s a shame, as Ehab made some decent points in his letter:

“Currently there are six teams in the Premier League with ‘City’ in their name and, with the exception of Manchester City, all of those clubs are in a similar league position to us, and playing to similar sized crowds.

“We need something that makes us stand out from the pool of teams we find ourselves in when it comes to attracting potential international sponsors, who are simply hoping to use the Premier League, and its global audience, to advertise.”

It’s all about public relations. At least one Hull City executive seems to get that, while the other doesn’t seem to understand the idea of a focus group.

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  1. Greg - Mar 17, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Here’s where the bubble begins to burst…. What happens if Allam stays true to his word and dumps Hull? Along same lines, what happens to Cardiff if Tan leaves? Or Chelsea when Abramovich has decided he’s had enough, Man City’s Abu Dhabi owners? Will the Glazers want to stick with MAn United if they continue to struggle for a prolonged period?

    So many scary questions

    • Matthew - Mar 17, 2014 at 6:53 PM

      Depends on the circumstances…in the case of Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs, there you’ve got owners who both want to win but understand that it takes both time (and money) to do so. On the other hand, you’ve got Vincent Tan and Assem Allam who seem to think that a verbal ‘sturm und drang’ approach is best.

      Unfortunately, years from now, we’ll probably still be talking about Roman, Abu Dhabi and the Glazers in regards to their respective clubs while at Cardiff City and Hull City, people will probably wonder who really is in charge down the road…

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