Former Derby chairman Andy Appleby officially tables bid to buy the crisis-ridden club
Former Derby chairman Andy Appleby has officially made an offer to buy the crisis-ridden club after Chris Kirchner’s withdrawal cast doubt on the future of the Rams – and raised fears they might not be able to. to start the League One campaign
- Andy Appleby was chairman of Derby for seven years before leaving in 2015
- His consortium, General Sports Worldwide, is interested in buying the club
- GSW had already agreed a deal in January before talks were reportedly broken
- Appleby and GSW’s latest bid is considered ‘highly competitive’
Former Derby County chairman Andy Appleby has officially made a bid to take over and save the club from liquidation after Chris Kirchner’s withdrawal cast doubt on the future of the League One side.
Appleby heads a consortium, General Sports Worldwide, that wants to buy Derby.
GSW is vying with bids for the club from former Newcastle owner Mike Ashley and Steve Morgan.
The consortium led by Andy Appleby, former owner of Derby, is trying to provide the trustees with a credible option
American businessman Chris Kirchner formally withdrew his offer for the club earlier this week
Appleby, who was chairman of Derby for seven years before leaving in 2015, had struck a deal in January to buy the Rams before talks broke down. according to De Telegraaf† He had already expressed an interest in buying Derby in October.
Managers Quantuma have received the offer from Appleby’s GSW group, which is considered “highly competitive”.
Quantuma is struggling to find a buyer after Kirchner formally withdrew his offer on Monday, leaving the Rams in a potentially dangerous situation with the new League One season starting on July 30.
Kirchner’s camp was still talking about his prospects of closing a deal until the weekend, although there were serious doubts about his ability to do so.
Mike Ashley has contacted Derby administrators to confirm he remains interested in the club
Rooney had expressed his support for Kirchner’s campaign, but added in April that if a takeover was not completed soon, it would cast doubt on his future as a manager.
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 tough for any buyer, with club debts reportedly close to £60million.
EFL chief executive Trevor Birch is deeply involved in league efforts to secure new buyer for Derby County
It is not known whether any party would be willing to match the numbers Kirchner had agreed to.
EFL chairman Trevor Birch is deeply involved in the league’s efforts to land a new buyer for Derby, equating to a massive vote of no confidence in Quantuma.
In a statement earlier this week, the EFL said: “The League is increasingly concerned that the ongoing delays in the sales process now pose a real risk to the integrity of next season’s league as the 2022/23 fixture list fluctuates. of time will be released. less than two weeks, and must now act in the best interest of the EFL.
“The EFL has informed the Administrators that… the EFL must now be a party to all correspondence and discussions between the Administrators and all potential bidders, acknowledging that the League will be able to negotiate directly on matters pertaining to the transfer of share in the EFL.’
The English Football League has stepped up the pressure on Derby managers Quantuma