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Monday 11 December 2017

Hull owner Allam set to exit club

The future of Hull owner Assem Allam is in doubt, with rumours that a significant change is due at the head of the club.

Allam, 75, has been giving mixed signals about his own commitment ever since his plan to drop the traditional Hull City AFC moniker and rebrand the team as Hull Tigers was thrown out by the English Football Association Council in April.

He initially vowed to walk away "within 24 hours" if the name change was rejected, but went on to back manager Steve Bruce with a huge transfer kitty this summer - breaking the previous transfer record three times in signing Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass and Abel Hernandez.

However, reports have emerged that a statement is being prepared regarding the Egyptian businessman's position and could be released this week.

One possibility would be the outright sale of the club, something Allam frequently threatened to do during the Tigers' stand-off with fan groups such as City Till We Die.

It would seem odd timing having bankrolled Bruce's overhaul of the playing staff in recent months, not to mention presided over the most successful season in the club's history last term, but Allam can be an unpredictable operator.

Perhaps a likelier scenario would be the end of his own day-to-day involvement as chairman, with all hands-on matters passing down to his son Ehab, who has been acting chief executive since December.

He too invited the anger of some supporters when he presented a redesigned club badge earlier this year which expunged the words 'Hull City AFC'.

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