On 18th October 2010, a new era began for Hull City fans as Egyptian owner Assem Allam decided to take over as owner, giving co-ownership to his son, Ehab. But now, on 11th September 2014, almost four years on, Allam has decided to pack his bags and put the club up for sale.
Things were looking gloomy for Hull City in September 2010. They had just been relegated from the Barclays Premier League and owner Paul Duffen was selling up. But just two months on along came two Egyptians to the rescue. They were like Hull's knight in shining armour as the club seemed to be free falling into administration. Multi-million pound businessmen Assem and Ehab Allam were interested in buying the club. Finally, on 18th October 2010, it was confirmed that Hull had been bought by the Egyptian pair.
Assem Allam stated that he would invest deeply into the club and provide a prosperous future. At first, fans we're reluctant to believe the new owner but time would tell that he was exactly right.
Then, on May 4 2013, Hull were confirmed to be promoted to the Premier League to make their return to the big time. Fans of the club owed their kindest regards to Assem Allam after investing so thoroughly into the club, making improvements on and off the pitch.
But not long into their Premier League 2013/14 campaign, the popularity of the Egyptian immediately decreased. He announced that he had strong plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers which would put a huge dent into Hull City's history which consequently disheartened fans.
Banners and flags were displayed at every game reading "no to Hull Tigers" and loyal fans would chant on the 19th minute and 4th second "City til' we die" to represent the club's history and when it was first established, presenting to the owner that he should not tamper with anything.
In late April, the FA rejected a bid for Assem Allam to change the name of Hull City AFC to Hull Tigers which angered the Egyptian owner, forcing him to put the club up for sale just 22 hours after the announcement. However, this news was not publicly revealed until today in a press conference when the 75 year old announced that he had put the club up for sale.
He said "when the club is eventually bought by someone else, my eyes will be filled with tears". "I will further support the club until a new buyer is found" explaining the reason why he splashed the cash over the summer on players such as Abel Hernandez, Mo Diame and Jake Livermore to name a few.