Russell Bartlett

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Russell Bartlett is a businessman and property investor and the former chairman and majority shareholder of Hull City football club.[1]

He purchased Hull City from Adam Pearson in June 2007 as part of a consortium with Paul Duffen and (reportedly at the time) Martin Walker.[2] They had made unsuccessful attempts to take over West Ham United and Cardiff City.[3] Bartlett and Walker jointly own the Fortis property company.[4] Duffen later stated, however, that Walker is not a shareholder in Hull City.[1]

On 29 October 2009, with the club reportedly in financial difficulty, Duffen left his position at Hull City following disagreements with Bartlett over the direction of the club.[5] Bartlett re-appointed Adam Pearson as Chairman on 2 November, with one of his objectives being to attract outside investment - Bartlett is reportedly willing to sell up to 20% of his stake in the club.[6]

Following Hull City's relegation from the Premier League in May 2010, a boardroom reshuffle took place at the club, seeing Adam Pearson step down as club chairman, a position which Bartlett himself then took up.[7]

On 10 November 2010, it was reported that the owner of East Yorkshire-based Allam Marine, Assam Allam along with his son Ehab Allam had agreed to purchase a controlling interest in Hull City from Russell Bartlett. It was announced that Bartlett would remain involved in the club, although no information regarding his position as chairman was released.[8]

On 17 December 2010, following a protracted period of due diligence, it was confirmed that Bartlett had sold his entire shareholding in Hull City to the Allam family for the nominal fee of £1, severing all links with the club and its liabilities. He was succeeded as chairman by Assem Allam.[9]

Business positions
Preceded by
Adam Pearson
Hull City A.F.C. chairman
Succeeded by
Assem Allam


  1. ^ a b Sutcliffe, Richard (2009-09-03). "We are still moving forward, insists Hull boss Duffen". Yorkshire Post. Retrieved 2009-09-03. 
  2. ^ "New owner takes over at Hull City". BBC Sport. 2007-06-11. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  3. ^ "A Look At Paul Duffen". Vital Football. Retrieved 2007-06-16. 
  4. ^ Miller, David (2008-05-28). "Russell Bartlett laying firm foundations at Hull". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2008-05-28. 
  5. ^ Bradshaw, Bill (2009-11-14). "No hell to pay at Hull". Sunday Express. Retrieved 2009-11-15. 
  6. ^ "Bartlett happy to stay out of limelight". Hull Daily Mail: 51. 2009-11-04. 
  7. ^ "Hull reshuffle board to deal with financial issues". BBC. 2010-05-11. Retrieved 2010-07-16. 
  8. ^ "Allams complete takeover". Hull Daily Mail. 2010-11-10. Retrieved 2010-11-10. 
  9. ^ "Hull City Takeover: Allams ask for patience after £40m deal, but also promise cash for signings". Hull Daily Mail. 2010-12-17. Retrieved 2011-01-18.