welcome to Wednesday DerbyshireLive’s Derby County Takeover blog, where we’ll bring you all the latest news, updates and views throughout the day as time is running out to get the Rams out of administration in time for the new season.
There was a huge development at the start of the week as Chris Kirchner officially withdrew his offer to buy Derby County, despite insisting he had paid the money and that he was waiting for permission. It is now a race between a number of interested parties to strike a deal and save the club.
The EFL have now intervened in the takeover process, while former Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley’s stance on manager Wayne Rooney has been clarified. Ashley and former Derby chairman Andy Appleby are now back in the running to save the Rams, with former Wolves owner Steve Morgan also rekindling his interest.
Chris Kirchner had been the club’s preferred bidder since April, but his failure to produce the funds needed to complete a deal in time brought new players to the table and prompted Quantuma’s directors to issue statements as their role in the sale of the club is questioned.
Derby has been in administration since September after then-owner Mel Morris appointed business consultancy firm Quantuma to oversee the club’s affairs. With less than two months to go before the start of the new season, manager Rooney needs clarity and the tools to be able to rebuild the Rams for life in League One. He has just five senior players under contract beyond the end of this summer and pre-season is set to start in two weeks.