Assem Allam welcomes Paul Duffen back into Hull City picture
HULL City owner Assem Allam has offered the hand of friendship to former chairman Paul Duffen by inviting him back into the directors' box.
Duffen, who oversaw the Tigers' promotion to the Premier League and helped keep them there after taking over as chairman in June 2007, was a guest of the Egyptian-born millionaire at Selhurst Park last night to watch the 4-2 defeat.
Having forged a relationship following Allam's takeover of the club back in November 2010, last night was the first time Duffen has returned to watch City since he left under a cloud in October 2009.
Subsequently, he was issued with a writ against him by solicitor Andrew Shaw for financial wrongdoing on behalf of the club, then under the ownership of Russell Bartlett and employing Adam Pearson as chairman.
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Under the terms of the 'ex parte' action, no defence could be submitted by Duffen but all relevant facts had to be put before the judge.
However, the recent striking off of Shaw for bad practice in a similar matter, which he is considering appealing, appears to have paved the way for Duffen to appear publicly alongside Allam.
Speaking about his invite as a guest of the City owner, he said: "After all that I endured after leaving Hull under the previous regime, this has real resonance for me.
"It is the new Hull owners, with whom I have a very good relationship, acknowledging that I did nothing wrong in my time at the club and welcoming me back into the fold. It's a wonderful gesture."
Question marks were first raised about the running of the club in August 2009 when Michael Turner was sold for £2.6m to repay part of a £7m bank loan.
Two months later, auditors warned of a potential £23m shortfall should City lose Premier League status and Duffen left to be replaced by Pearson.
Whilst the Mail understands that Duffen is keen to get back into football in some capacity, there is no suggestion that an imminent return to the Tigers is on the cards.
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