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A spokesman for campaign group 'City Till We Die' has urged owner Assem Allam to drop his plans to change the club's name to Hull Tigers and to cooperate with the supporters

Supporters of Hull City are ready to rebuild their relationship with Assem Allam if the owner drops plans to change the club's name.

Allam formally applied to the Football Association to rename the club as the Hull Tigers from next season, a move which has been met with fan protests.

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The FA membership committee have advised the FA Council against the name being changed - a move which was not received well by the Hull owners.

Now the 'City Till We Die' campaign group have pleaded with Allam to drop his plans and work with the fans to help the club continue to progress.

"We have said from the start, this has not been an anti-Allam campaign, and we have taken a lot of care to make sure it hasn't been," spokesperson Mark Gretton said. "We are more than happy to work with them.

"If more revenue is needed at the club - and we recognise absolutely we need to grow the brand, we would be delighted with that.

"In many ways, the Allam's have been excellent owners of our club and whatever happens, we have a lot to be thankful to them for.

"When they stepped in, the club was in a parlous position. It's been the issue of the name change which has caused the problem.

"We have been broadly happy with what's happened under the Allams' ownership of the club and we would like this to be finished. That's why we welcome a season ticket holders' poll.

"If we can get a popular vote against the name change, we are not going to crow about it, we have no need to.

"Hopefully, he would just abandon the plan and we could say, 'Well done for being the bigger man'. We'd be delighted about that and we could start afresh."

Under manager Steve Bruce, Hull have returned to the Premier League, where they currently sit 13th, while they face Sheffield United in an FA Cup semi-final at Wembley next month.

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