#OYINBOTORCHLIGHT – PROMOTED HULL CITY SUBJECT TO TAKEOVER TALK
Potential purchasers of Hull City will have to dig considerably deeper into their pockets after the club secured their Premier League return by winning what was billed as the most lucrative game in world soccer.
Saturday’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday sparked mass celebrations among tens of thousands of City fans at Wembley although the long-term supporter who arguably did most to bring about promotion – and may now benefit by selling an asset that soared in value overnight – was not there to see it.
Manager Steve Bruce dedicated the win to the club’s owner, Egyptian-British businessman Assem Allam, who is reportedly seriously ill.
The Football League said Saturday’s game was officially worth at least 163 million pounds to the winners, a figure made up by adding the amount for finishing bottom of next year’s Premier League to two seasons of parachute payments paid to relegated clubs.