Who is Allam?
Assem Allam is the current owner and Chairman of Hull City Association Football Club. His son Ehab Allam is the Vice Chairman.
Allam purchased the club in 2010 saving it from administration. “My vision is for Hull City to be owned 40 per cent by local business owners from Hull and 60 per cent the fans.” Ehab added “A longer term aspiration is to provide the opportunity for the fans to become shareholders.” http://www.hulldailymail.co.uk/Assem-Allam-s-vision-Hull-City-want-fans-stake/story-11957207-detail/story.html
Published accounts (end June 2016) show the football club owe his company Allamhouse Ltd over £77m in loans which are being charged at 4% interest.
What’s he done?
In 2013 Allam applied to the FA to change the playing name from “Hull City” to “Hull Tigers” for the 2014/15 season. A poll of season ticket holders failed to return a majority for the name change. No other fans poll has been in favour of the change.
In April 2014 The FA council voted against the application. Allam appealed the decision and despite claiming they would be no further application re-applies for the name change for the 2015/16 season. It is rejected again by the FA.
“I said last April that if my plan to call us Hull Tigers failed, I would go. And, when I say I’m out, that means I’m out. I say to the fans ‘if you don’t like Hull Tigers, I go.’” – Assem Allam, September 2014
In April 2016 the Allams replace the traditional season ticket with an unpopular Membership Scheme which sees the removal of concessions for OAPs, Students & Children and forces many fans to move seats.
After promotion to the Premier League Steve Bruce, City’s most successful manager ever, resigns after a disagreement with Vice Chairman Ehab Allam over transfer policy.
Why should he go?
- Allam pressed ahead with the name change without the backing of the majority of supporters. The re-branding issue divided the fans and created a negative atmosphere around the club.
- The membership scheme as been deeply unpopular and has seen attendances fall with many fans boycotting home games.
- There are also other issues concerning the KC Stadium, Airco Arena evictions, Ticket Prices and Away Supporters Initiative
- And there’s been a number of Broken Promises & Lies
Hull City fans have never felt more disconnected from their football club. Allam may own the business but a football club is more than just a business and he is only the temporary custodian of Hull City AFC.
Who do we want?
- A Chairman who will protect the heritage and traditions of Hull City AFC and football in general.
- A Chairman who will work WITH the Council to develop the KC Stadium and surroundings for the benefit of the club AND local community.
- A Chairman who respects ALL Hull City supporters and consults with fans groups over fundamental issues including team name, club badge, colours and ticketing.
Is this too much to ask for?
Football supporters should be consulted and respected NOT ignored and exploited!
Twitter Hashtag: #AllamOut
It’s been a long 24 hours… Has Allam gone yet?