Hull City league position putting off prospective buyers, says Ehab Allam
The club, owned by Egyptian-born businessman Assem Allam since 2010, was put up for sale since 2014 after the FA rejected Assem’s bid to change the club’s name to Hull Tigers.
Ehab, Assem’s son, revealed that it is now less appealing for buyers to purchase the club due to the Tigers’ “poor results and being in the relegation zone”. The Tigers are currently battling to pull clear of the drop zone as they sit 18th in the English top-flight table on 16 points from 21 games.
“Everyone can see we are motivated to sell,” Allam told Yorkshire Post. “And everyone has been able to see potential buyers at the stadium.”
The Tigers’ promotion to the top flight in May have attracted many purchasers, and the Allam family was close to reaching a £100m deal with a Chinese consortium in August but it reportedly collapsed over suggestions that the potential buyers have failed the FA’s fit and proper persons’ test.
“There are many factors (behind no sale being agreed) but being in the relegation zone definitely doesn’t help. My sole focus now is on staying up. We are in a survival fight and I can’t think of anything but that.
Ehab said that he will do what it takes in order to help newly appointed manager Marco Silva keep the Tigers up in the Premier League.
“I need to give Marco what we need to stay up. I will not be distracted by anything else.”
Fans had turned against the Allam family after their attempt to change the club’s name as well as implementing an unpopular membership scheme and have repeatedly chanted against the family during matches. Ehab said that he feels the protests from supporters have played a role in hindering the sale process.
“It is counter-productive. I had a meeting after one game attended by people interested in buying the club and the first question was: ‘What is the problem with the fans? Do they not like foreign owners?’
“They just assumed that was the reason. I know it isn’t. It is the name change and other things. But, first impressions last and that is what prospective owners have thought.
“The reaction of fans in front of prospective buyers isn’t really making it appealing, nor is being in the relegation zone. So, we are where we are,” added Allam.
Agent of Egypt international Ahmed Elmohamady who plays for Hull, recently revealed that the right-back might leave the Tigers if they’re relegated at the end of this season, revealing that the 29-year-old already have offers from Premier League sides.
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