Mike Ashley has reconnected with Derby County administrators, and Sky Sports News It has been said that the former Newcastle owner remains very keen to buy the club.
It is believed there was no response from Quantuma, the administrators, to Ashley’s approach, despite the exclusivity period granted to potential buyer Chris Kirchner expiring on Saturday evening.
Kirchner has admitted on social media that negotiations with outgoing Derby owner Mel Morris over a separate stadium deal have reached an impasse.
Derby City Council negotiated with Morris over the possibility of using public funds to buy Pride Park – an option Kirchner is said to favor, so that he can focus his resources on paying down Derby’s substantial debt.
To that end, Sky Sports News has been told Derby will face another automatic 15-point deduction from the EFL, if at any time Kirchner defaults on his business plan to pay 35 pound pence over a three-month period. years in the name of the club. -football creditors.
With no imminent takeover, the threat of liquidation is growing for Derby, although Sky Sports News has been told the directors have other short-term loan options to cover the lack of tickets and other income , now that the championship season has ended. However, this would further increase Derby’s overall debt and potentially discourage potential buyers.
Both Ashley and Kirchner are believed to have been frustrated by the delays in the takeover process. Had Derby been sold quickly after first taking office in September, the new owners could have invested in the team to try to avoid relegation, and also prevent the sale of some of Derby’s best young players who have been sanctioned to help keep the club. afloat.
Sky Sports News has been told Morris is keen to buy £22m for the stadium but is prepared to offer a lease instead.
While £22m is a fraction of what it would cost to build a stadium like Pride Park, without a viable football team in the city the real value of the stadium is significantly reduced.
Ashley’s Newcastle: No trophies, no fun, no hope
“‘I want to have fun and win trophies,’ Mike Ashley said shortly after taking over in 2007. The wait for a major trophy now spans more than half a century, but it’s is the fact that his 14 years in charge were the opposite of fun that Newcastle fans will not forgive.
Fail, there have been many. He presided over two of Newcastle’s six relegations in their 129-year history. Farce, who has been a more frequent visitor to St James’ Park than Ashley himself. But fun has never been a friend of his Newcastle.
During his tenure, the former entertainers of English football were reduced to a sinister curiosity. The rest of the country gaped in disbelief. The supporters simply endured.
The icons have been alienated, the intruders overpromoted. Money was spent sporadically and reluctantly, investment was intermittent and haphazard. The strategy was missing. When it emerged, it was just going around in circles. Nobody could confuse it with ambition.
Under Ashley, it’s become a zombie club, an illusion of life.
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Rooney: ‘I want to rebuild Derby’
Derby manager Rooney said sky sports after their relegation to Ligue 1 was confirmed, he wanted to stay and bring the “happy days” back to the club should the takeover materialise.
However, he stressed that the precarious situation Derby finds itself in leaves its position at the club in doubt.
“The takeover has to happen. If the takeover doesn’t happen then I’m really scared where the club will end up,” Rooney said. Sky sports.
“The future of the club is uncertain, if [the takeover] does not happen, my future is uncertain. It is therefore necessary.
“If it happens [the takeover], then I want to rebuild the club. You see the fans what it means to them every week, it’s a special club, a great club that we’re all proud to be at and I want to be the one to bring back the happy days.”
He added: “It’s a complex situation. I feel more for the players because we got 52 points and we would be safe now under normal circumstances.
“We paid the price for what the previous owner left behind. It’s no one’s fault but the previous owner and we’re paying the price. I’m sure it’s a sad day for him too because Mel Morris is a Derby fan, I’m sure he would be disappointed.”