27 Jun 2022 | 08:26 | Football
Mike Ashley reconnected with Derby County administrators, and sky sports news The former Newcastle boss has been told that he is still very keen to buy the club.
It is believed that administrator Quantuma did not respond to Ashley’s approach despite the exclusivity granted to potential buyer Chris Kirchner expiring on Saturday night.
Kirchner admitted on social media that talks with outgoing Derby boss Mel Morris over a separate deal for the stadium are deadlocked.
Derby City Council has been in talks with Morris over the possibility of using public funds to buy Pride Park – an option Kirchner is thought to favour, so he can focus his resources on paying down Derby’s massive debt.
To that end, Sky Sports News have been told Derby will face another automatic deduction of 15 points from the EFL if at any stage Kirchner breaches his business plan to pay the club 35p over three years in sterling non-football creditors.
With no imminent possibility of a takeover, the threat of liquidation for Derby is growing, although Sky Sports News has been told that managers do have other short-term loan options to make up for the shortfall in tickets and other revenue now that the championship season is over. However, this will Further adding to Derby’s overall debt and possibly deterring potential buyers.
Both Ashley and Kirchner are thought to be frustrated with the delays in the acquisition process. Had Derby been sold soon after first entering management in September, the new owners could have invested in the squad to avoid relegation, while also preventing the sale of some of Derby’s best young players who were approved to help keep the club afloat.
Sky Sports News has been told that Morris wants to buy the stadium outright for £22m but is prepared to offer a lease agreement.
While £22m is only a fraction of what it would cost to build a stadium like Pride Park, in the absence of a viable football team in the city, the real value of the stadium would be greatly reduced.
by Rob Dorset
Chris Kirchner has been granted permission to extend his exclusivity period in an attempt to complete the Derby takeover.
He has until midnight on Saturday to complete the takeover or the club’s managers may be forced to restart the bidding process.
Chris Kirchner said in a statement: “Our focus right now is on some of the smaller contract elements with the league and the purchase of the stadium. We are working to purchase the stadium privately to expedite this deal.
“I can only share these now out of respect for the process and parties involved, but my intention and expectation is to sign the agreement to buy the club before the exclusivity period expires.”
Derbyshire Police are investigating a series of threats against Morris, including death threats, as talks to sell the club continue.
Kirchner called for an end to the threats on social media.
in a statement sky sports newsDerbyshire Police said:
“Police have received reports of suspicious threatening behaviour involving a vehicle following a driver, a Derbyshire man in his 60s. Police are investigating the incident.”
Derby manager Wayne Rooney told sky sports After confirming their relegation to the league, if the takeover goes through, he wants to stay and bring “happy days” back to the club.
However, he highlighted the instability at Derby that has put his place at the club into question.
“The takeover has to happen. If it doesn’t happen then I’m really worried about where the club will end up,” Rooney told Reuters Sky Sports.
“The future of the club is questionable if [the takeover] will not happen my future is uncertain. So it must.
“If it happens [the takeover], and then I want to rebuild the club. You see every week what it means to the fans, this is a special club, a big club that we are all proud of, and I want to be the one who brings the happy days back. “
He added: “It’s a complicated situation. I’m more concerned about the players because we’ve got 52 points and under normal circumstances we’re safe now.
“We’ve paid for what the previous owner left behind. No one’s fault but the previous owner and we’re paying the price. I’m sure it’s a sad day for him as well because Mel Morris is a Derby fans, I am sure he will be disappointed.”