Poll: Worst owners in the Premier League during 2016?

Sunderland owner Ellis Short (R) with Sunderland legend Jim Montgomery

The Hull City, Swansea City, Sunderland, West Ham and Crystal Palace owners are all nominated.

Supporters are often quick to criticise the owners of their football club, but though it is often without real reason, there are sides that continue to go in the wrong direction under certain figures. One way or another these owners have all done things to detriment their club, which is a shame given the stature of some of these sides. Either way, we at HITC Sport have decided to list six of those really frustrating and invite you to vote for a winner.

Hull City (Assem Allam)

Hull Chairman Assem AllamHull Chairman Assem Allam

The parade of "Allan Out" marches and protests tell you all you need to know. Since arriving at the KCOM Stadium, Assem Allam has committed a number of horrendous football-based crimes that have deservedly left him on the verge of being forced out of the club. The man tried to change the club's name to Hull City Tigers, forged a number of broken promises that included ticket prices and openly attempted to alter a number of facilities around the club without permission. Promotion to the Premier League was sullied with the way in which the club prepared for that return this summer.

Swansea (Steve Kaplan/Jason Levien)

Liberty StadiumLiberty Stadium

Upon the sale of Swansea City to US owners Steve Kaplan and and Jason Levien, the warning signs quickly began to appear. The stylish Welsh side who had come up from the lowest professional division to the Premier League under Huw Jenkins are at their lowest ebb in the top flight since arriving in 2012, and evidence suggests things are not going to improve any time soon. The pair have not even been at the Liberty Stadium for long, but during their stay they have overseen the complete collapse of the team in addition to the hiring of Bob Bradley, a manager who has never managed in an elite European division.

Sunderland (Ellis Short)

Sunderland owner Ellis Short before the matchSunderland owner Ellis Short before the match

Ellis Short seems to be have been in the bad books of Sunderland fans for a long time now, but over the last few days things have really ramped up a notch. The businessman has warned the public that very little funds are unlikely to be available in January, which seems bizarre considering it does not seem like David Moyes would agree to become manager without the promise of money in the transfer window. Add that to him being desperate to sell the club at such an uncertain time and you can understand The Black Cats' frustrations.

West Ham (David Sullivan/David Gold)

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	West Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium.  West Ham have proposed to take over the Olympic Stadium after the 2012 London OlympicsWest Ham's co owner David Gold poses outside the construction of the Olympic Stadium. 

David Gold and David Sullivan are pretty much the footballing equivalent of the empire. Either that, or a couple of evil Alan Sugars. The two men have single-handedly managed to turn the majority of the fan base against them, with a great deal of the criticism stemming from the Olympic Stadium move. Not only that, but Gold's childish and unprofessional outbursts on social media have certainly not helped his case, especially considering the state the club is in. It is a big shift from the optimism of last season.

Crystal Palace (Steve Parish/Josh Harris/David Blitzer)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish in the standsCrystal Palace chairman Steve Parish in the stands

First off, this trio appear to be best mates with Alan Pardew - which could be a problem considering the Eagles' dire results under the former Newcastle boss this season. Steve Parish, in particular is someone who many supporters have begun to question. FA Cup Final or not, the American investors have done little to right a side who have some of the worst league form in 2016. 

 

 

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