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EFL chief Trevor Birch heavily involved in finding Derby buyer after Chris Kirchner’s bid collapsed

EFL chief Trevor Birch is deeply involved in finding a new buyer for Derby after American businessman Chris Kirchner formally withdrew his offer while former owner Andy Appleby and Mike Ashley waited in the wings

  • Chris Kirchner’s offer collapsed when he was unable to provide proof of funds
  • The EFL is now a party to all correspondence and discussions between administrators Quantuma and any interested parties
  • Chief executive Trevor Birch is said to have played a prominent role in the effort
  • Andy Appleby’s consortium tries to give administrators a credible option
  • Former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said he was ‘ready and willing to transact’

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch is deeply involved in the league’s efforts to land a new buyer for Derby.

American businessman Chris Kirchner formally withdrew his offer to buy the club on Monday, putting the Rams in a potentially dangerous situation with the new League One season starting on July 30.

The EFL said on Sunday that it had changed the terms to suspend Derby’s eviction from the competition, to make it a party to all correspondence and discussions between Quantuma administrators and any interested parties.

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch is deeply involved in league efforts to secure new buyer for Derby County

EFL chief executive Trevor Birch is deeply involved in league efforts to secure new buyer for Derby County

American businessman Chris Kirchner has failed to meet the deadline to prove he has the money for Derby

American businessman Chris Kirchner has failed to meet the deadline to prove he has the money for Derby

Birch personally plays a prominent role, according to PA. He previously worked as an administrator at Portsmouth and Hearts in 2012 and 2013, and has served as chief executive of Chelsea, Everton and Sheffield United, as well as Derby.

“Further urgent proactive action is needed to do everything possible to secure the club’s future as a permanent member of the EFL,” Birch said on Sunday.

The consortium brought together by General Sports Worldwide founder and chairman Andy Appleby – a former owner of Derby – would still try to provide the trustees with a credible option.

The consortium led by Andy Appleby, former owner of Derby, is trying to provide the operators with a credible option

The consortium led by Andy Appleby, former owner of Derby, is trying to provide the operators with a credible option

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Mike Ashley has contacted Derby administrators to confirm he remains interested in the club

A letter sent to administrators via his lawyers on Saturday by former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley said he was “ready and willing to transact.”

Quantuma said Monday that there was “a growing number of interested parties, all of whom are really willing to close a deal as soon as possible.”

However, a deal to buy Derby remains financially heavy for any buyer, with club debts reportedly close to £60million.

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