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Hull City manager Steve Bruce has appealed to fans to put their energies into supporting their side against West Ham tonight (Monday September 15) not protesting against owner Assem Allam.
Some of the club's supporters have been at loggerheads with the Egyptian businessman since last year's controversial proposal to rebrand the team Hull Tigers and ditch their 10-year-old moniker Hull City AFC. That was dismissed by the Football Association Council in April.
Steve Bruce said: "My appeal to all of the fans is that they can have their thoughts but once it gets to matchday, we need to get behind the team.
We need them to do that because if it becomes fractious then it becomes difficult. When it becomes difficult then it can affect the team. That is why I appeal to the fans. We don't want any protests - even though I know nothing's changed on their behalf with the name-change issue.
We want the supporters to get behind the team, that's my concern and I'm sure they will. The protests hit their peak against Crystal Palace last season and it seemed to wane after that. We lost that game and we should have won if I remember. We need all the supporters, if they can, to support the team. "
Hull and former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce has said it is 'disrespectful' to link him to Alan Pardew's job as Newcastle manager.
Pardew faces increasing pressure after another 4-0 defeat left Newcastle United at the very bottom of the Premier League table without a win this season.
Bruce is one of several people rumoured to be possible candidates for the job, but he told a BBC radio station he did not think the speculation was fair on Pardew.
"It isn't nice - it's a horrible Sunday morning for him and I find it very, very disrespectful that I'm linked with somebody else's job when he's still in a job.
"It's a hard enough job we've all got. We all know what it's like now in football management.
"That part of the game will never change, but for me at the moment I'm just concentrating on the game against West Ham (on Monday night) and leaving all that aside."
"After what happened to me at Sunderland, it's similar to what Alan Pardew is going through now. I know how difficult the north-east is. I've been here for a couple of years. Hull gave me that chance to get back up and running again and for that I'll always be grateful.
"I've only been here a couple of years, and we've had a really good couple of years."
There has been a mixed reaction since the announcement that Assem Allam has put Hull City up for sale
Fiona Dwyer spoke to supporters including Ian Waterson from the City Till We Die campaign and Ron Black from Hull City's Official Supporters Club.
The Hull City chairman Assem Allam today revealed the club is up for sale and has been since April.
During a press conference at the KC Stadium Dr Allam said he would be appealing an FA decision not to allow him to change the name of the club to Hull Tigers.
Dr Allam has always said changing would give the club a massive financial boost and warned he would sell if his plans were rejected. Fiona Dwyer reports
The Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Stephen Brady said:
“I listened to Dr Allam’s statement with interest, particularly the suggestion that an offer was made to purchase the freehold tenancy of the KC Stadium.
"Without wanting to be drawn into public debate with Dr Allam, the City Council has never received such an offer from Dr Allam or his associates.
"Whilst it was touched upon in discussion, it has never been discussed in any great detail, and certainly not with the result of a formal offer being made by Dr Allam.”
Hull owner Assem Allam says he put the club up for sale 22 hours after the decision to reject a change of name for the team was announced in April.
The Egyptian addressed the media at the KC Stadium on Thursday and said he would either sell the club or stay in place if the appeal against the decision to block the change of name to Hull Tigers was reversed at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
He said he remained committed to the club until either the name was changed or a sale was completed, whichever came first. He did not reveal what price he was looking for to sell.
He revealed that he planned to move the Tigers to the top five of the Premiership and make European football a regular thing.
Allam said he bought the club "for the community" to do his best and although there is potential interest he wants to make sure it is sold to the right person.
Before the name change was rejected Allam threatened to sell the club and now says he will "give it away" if an appeal over the name change is rejected.
Hull City owner Assem Allam says the club has been for sale for five months.
It is thought his motivation for selling the club is the FA's refusal to allow his plans to rename the club Hull Tigers.
Allam: I don't call bluffs. I don't say what I don't mean.
Allam says he would prefer to stay on as owner. "There is still a lot to be achieved. "
Allam: I thank fans, Steve Bruce & players for tremendous support.
Hull City: Allam says there is interest from potential buyers but "if I sell I would like to make sure it goes to a good home. "
Reporters have gathered at the KC Stadium in anticipation of a statement from owner Assem Allam.
Speculation has been mounting over his future at the club since the FA rejected plans to change the club name to Hull Tigers.
Hull City chairman Assem Allam will make an announcement on Thursday on the future of the club.
Speculation has been mounting over the Allams possibly selling Hull City after the FA rejected plans to change the club's name.