Ehab Allam is the son of Assem Allam, he was born and raised in the Hull area. He has no experience in business other than working for his father’s manufacturing company Allam Marine. He is Vice Chairman of Hull City Tigers Ltd. and after Managing Director Nick Thompson left in December 2013 he took over the day-to-day running of the club.
“I think we’re the best run club in the Football League and arguably one of the top six in English football” – Ehab Allam, Oct 2017
Roll of Shame:
- Writes an open letter to fans asking them to accept the “Hull Tigers” name change.
- Ehab promises fans consultation over a new club badge, then later releases the badge with NO consultation and NO team name.
- In a meeting with the FA Council Ehab makes it clear he thinks the fans are “not relevant or barely relevant” in the name change decision.
- Despite the FA rejecting the name change Ehab continues to market the club as “Hull Tigers” or just “Tigers” on the Official website, Facebook and YouTube channels.
- During the Airco Arena dispute Ehab writes a letter to Hull City Council demanding (unlawful) pre-approval of planning permission for a covered 3G pitch next to the stadium.
- Stays away from all Hull City matches in the 2015/16 season blaming abuse from fans only to return for the play-off final at Wembley.
- For the 2016/17 season Ehab scraps season tickets and introduces an unpopular membership scheme which removes concessions for children, students and OAPs
- Ehab explains removal of concessions as a way to stop fraudulent use of concession tickets “which is around 14%”.
- Kicks fans out of their seats in the West Stand Upper to make way for a away fans. The away fans move is later rejected by the Stadium’s Safety Advisory Group.
- Describes the Premier League’s £30 away fans price cap as “not in the interests of football”. http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/sport/football/exclusive-ticket-price-cap-will-only-fuel-black-market-forces-claims-hull-city-s-ehab-allam-1-7790248
“Clubs should be encouraged – by a penalty system – to ensure crowds are close to capacity… the attendance should be at least 90 per cent of capacity, maybe 95 per cent. Anything less and the club will be penalised financially.” – Ehab Allam, March 2016
- The clubs most successful manager Steve Bruce leaves after a disagreement with Ehab about transfer policy.
- Honorary President Peter Chapman, who helped appoint Steve Bruce, is told he and his money are no longer welcome at the club.
- First team coach Keith Bertschin is sacked on the team bus which is leaving for a pre-season trip to Austria.
- Ehab writes to the Premier League defending his membership scheme.
“I refute the claim that we have breached the Premier league rule as we are offering concessionary pricing to seniors and juniors and therefore fully compliant.” – Ehab Allam, July 2016
- 7 days before the start of the 2016/17 Premier League season the club has no manager, no signings and only 12 fit first team players.
— Curtis Davies #33 (@TheCurtisDavies) August 4, 2016
- Whilst the team were beating Premier League Champions Leicester City at the KCOM Stadium in the first game of the season Ehab was playing polo with friends.
- Blames fan protests for failure to sell the club despite offers of over £80m from potential buyers.
- Refuses to talk to the local media including the Hull Daily Mail and BBC Radio Humberside. Ignores requests for meetings from the Hull City Supporters Trust.
“I don’t see any point in trying to engage with people who I don’t really think want to listen or understand“
- After complaints about the pitch, Ehab sacks two experienced full-time groundsmen who have been employed since the move to the KC Stadium.
- Volunteer pitch divoters, who were given free tickets for their services, are told to leave the stadium by stewards whilst repairing the pitch after a match.
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“We have never been a selling club under our ownership”
– Ehab Allam, 16th January 2017
- During the January transfer window Robert Snodgrass is sold to West Ham for £10m and Jake Livermore joins West Brom for the same fee.
- After relegation from the Premier League highly rated centre back Harry Maguire is sold to Leicester for £12m + add-ons. Other key players Andy Robertson and Sam Clucas are also sold.
- Hull-born player Josh Tymon, described as “the best academy product for a generation” turns down a professional contract with the club and opts to sign for Stoke City.
- Two of the club most experienced players Curtis Davies and Tom Huddlestone are sold to Championship rivals Derby County for £500k and £2m respectively after their bids meet release clauses in the player’s contracts.
“If Hull had come with a contract offer maybe three weeks ago, before Derby were interested, I would have signed it happily and stayed there”
– Tom Huddlestone, 15th July 2017
- The Club refuses to cooperate with the Independent Football Ombudsmen (IFO) with their investigation into the mis-selling of the membership scheme.
- The membership scheme is found to have breached Premier League rules by an Independent Commission:
“The Commission finds that the Club acted in breach of Rule R.8 in the 2016/17 season because it did not make available any concessionary ticket prices for senior citizens or junior supporters.” – Premier League Statement
- After the Allam run Stadium Management Committee (SMC) takes down the “Hull City Council” sign and crest from the KCOM stadium, Ehab explains “The pirates must have done it”. An apparent response to a comment from a Hull City Councillor regarding their running of the stadium.
- February 2018: Ehab cancels a meeting of the Supporters Committee at short notice due to what he labels as “thinly veiled threat” from the Hull City Supporters Trust who remarked that fans protests were likely if no progress was achieved.
“I’ve agreed to bring back concessions – we haven’t got to the bottom of how that would look, but I’ve got a few conditions. As long as we can find a way to reduce the level of abuse in the tickets then I’m open to introducing the concessions again.”
“I know that [AFC] is important to some fans but that’s never been in the club’s playing name. The club was registered 1904 with the FA as Hull City, full stop,” Ehab Allam, February 2018
- June 2018: Six players reject new contract offers and choose to leave for other clubs including club captain Michael Dawson, £10m signing Abel Hernandez and local-born Max Clark.
- October 2018: Ehab bans the Hull City Supporters Trust (the largest democratic fans organisation) from the Supporters Committee, After refusing to continue formal dialogue with the HCST until the Chairman is removed from his position.
- March 2019: In a meeting with the Supporters Committee Ehab refuses to reintroduce concessions and claims in a meeting with the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) “The FSF said that the Club had a compelling argument with their current system and that there was no data to suggest that the national system was better than the Club’s current system”.
- The FSF make it clear that they do not endorse the club’s approach to concessions. http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/fsf-statement-hull-city-supporters-committee-minutes
“Concessions scheme will not return in the traditional form due to its nationwide failure in football with an ageing demographic” Ehab Allam, March 2019
Twitter Hashtag: #AskEhab
Last updated 03/04/19