Steve Bruce calls on fans to "respect" owner over Hull City name change

Steve Bruce the Hull City manager looks on prior to kickoff during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and West Ham United at KC Stadium on September 28, 2013
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Steve Bruce calls on Hull City fans to "respect" owner Assem Allam over his decision to rename the club Hull City Tigers.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has called on the club's supporters to "respect" owner Assem Allam over his decision to re-brand the Premier League outfit.

A number of fans have expressed their anger at the chairman's proposal to change the name of the club to Hull City Tigers.

While Bruce has claimed that he understands why some supporters are against the move, he believes that it is time to draw a line under it.

"It is the first time it reared its head at the weekend and we've got to try and forget that," Bruce told talkSPORT.

"I can understand, we are all traditionalists. Hull City has been Hull City for the last 100 years. I can understand the argument for it, but the owner thinks commercially that is going to better for us. That is his prerogative.

"He has backed the club and without him I don't think there would be a club, never mind the badge. We have got to give him respect."

The former Championship outfit are currently 13th in the table.

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