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Bruce pragmatic on name change

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has come to the defence of owner Assem Allam as the row over the club changing name intensifies.

Allam has provoked fury among supporters with his proposals to rebrand the side as Hull Tigers, a move that would see the name change after 109 years.

Bruce claims the issue is becoming a distraction as he prepares his squad to face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

And the Hull manager has indicated the club's fans will have to accept the situation, given Allam's input at the KC Stadium and the local community.

"We can't let it be a distraction and to be fair I'm fed up talking about it already; I think that goes for most of us," said Bruce.

"The only thing I would say in defence of the chairman is some people don't realise he's pumped millions into a hospital here for cancer research. He's also paid 600,000 to buy a scanning machine for that hospital.

"He's only got the best interests of the club at heart. I have to tell that to all the supporters.

"It's not a situation where he's come from afar just to buy a Premier League club - he's been here for 45 years.

"He's helped rugby teams, he's helped North Ferriby United, the amount of work he's done for the community is remarkable.

"I think he bought Hull City because he didn't want Hull without a football team.

"It's a shame to be talking about these things because all the good work he has done is being soured by this name change.

"But there has to be a resolution and a way forward from it because it can only escalate and get worse."