Hull owner Assem Allam has said he will walk out of the club if the FA does not allow his application to change their name to Hull Tigers.
Allam believes that the name change will symbolize ‘power’, essential in making the club attractive worldwide and therefore sell more merchandise. This decision is, however, unpopular with the fans who insist they keep the name Hull City which has stuck since 1904.
“No one on earth is allowed to question my business decisions. I won’t allow it, Allam told Sky Sports.
“I can give you my CV to give you comfort, for what I do in business, what I have achieved, but for someone to come and question me is not allowed.”
Allam, who also owns the generator business Allam Marine, will leave the club within 24 hours if the name change is rejected by the FA.
“I’m here to save the club and manage the club for the benefit of the community. It will never, never be the other way round – that the community manage it for me. But if the community say go away, I promise to go away within 24 hours.”
The terms of his possible departure are yet to be discussed, with the club heavily in debt to their current owner. The FA rejecting the proposal would most likely make Allam withdraw financial support, but fan coalitions still chant ‘City till I die’.