The FA having rejected his dotty scheme to rename Hull City AFC on April 9th, Assem Allam yesterday gave a bizarre press conference promising to appeal the decision, or sell the club.
His hopes rest with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, who he evidently believes have the authority or inclination to overturn the FA’s decision, a decision made after widespread consultation throughout the game and greeted with delight by a thumping majority of City fans.
Allam claims to have already launched this appeal, though both the FA and Court have said they are unaware of it. The owner further said that should it prove unsuccessful, he will then sell City.
Reaction to the press conference was swift. On Twitter, David Conn dismantled some of Allam’s odder claims. Hull City Council again denied that an offer had ever been made to buy the football stadium. It was a strange, incoherent affair that did neither the owner nor the office of Hull City chairman any great credit.
There is next to no chance of an appeal being successful, so a sale seems imminent. Quite when that will be is unclear. Selling a Premier League football club is no easy task, particularly not one freighted with a debt approaching £100m. Nonetheless, the direction of travel is clear. A shame that it’s ending with the owner consumed by anger, and still refusing to listen to or respect the supporters.