Garca blasts Tigers rebranding

FORMER Hull City forward Richard Garcia has spoken out against owner Dr Assem Allam's proposed change of name for the Premier League club.

The Egyptian businessman, who took over Hull City in 2010, wants them to be called ‘Hull Tigers’ and alter the club’s badge in bid to create more revenue.

The Yorkside side, who are nicknamed ‘The Tigers’, was founded in 1904 and its full name is Hull City Association Football Club.

Garcia spent five seasons at the KC Stadium and made over 100 appearances for the club. The name change has been met with strong opposition from Tigers supporters.

“I think it’s something that, for me really, shouldn’t be done,” Garcia said. “The fans wouldn’t be too happy about it, there’s something about tradition.

"You don’t really want go in and change the history and tradition of the club.

"That’s something they’ve got to think about and hopefully discuss with the fans and get the fans take on it, because without the fans it’s very, very hard to get support for your club.

"It’s something that I think probably shouldn’t be changed given all the history behind the club. I’m sure the fans aren’t too happy about it.”

Hull City were promoted back into the Premier League this season and currently sit in 10th place on the table with 23 points.

“Hull have been doing quite well this season,” Garcia said. “They’ve got a long way to go but the signs are positive.

"They’ve started the season well and they’ve made some good signings over the summer.”

Garcia, who left Hull City to return to Australia with Melbourne Heart in 2012, joined Sydney FC before the start of this season. The 32-year old has been in good form for the Sky Blues and revealed he still harbours a desire to represent Australia again.

“It’s something you never take off the table,” Garcia said. “You always want to play for your country. First and foremost I have to be playing well for Sydney and Sydney has to be doing well.

:If we can do well as a team and I can do well within that, then hopefully I can get a chance of making the squad.”

Garcia made his debut for the Socceroos in 2008 and has made 18 appearances at international level. A member of the 2010 World Cup squad, the attacker believes the Socceroos can play free of expectation in Brazil.

“Ange is probably a good choice,” Garcia said. “He’s got local knowledge, he’s been doing very well in the domestic league and he’s had experience in the national team set-up in the past.

"He’s got a great opportunity there. Look it’s going to be a tough group for us to play in, but that will just mean the expectations aren’t as high maybe but that might enhance the performances.

"The underdog tag really works with us Aussies so in that respect they’ll do quite well and I think they’ll surprise a few people.”

 

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