Meet Derby County’s New Owner! 29-year-old Spanish businessman Erik Alonso makes a deal to buy a club
He’s only 29 years old, claims to be a world champion boxer, gets his money from backers in Indonesia, calls his company ‘NO LIMITS’ and posts topless photos on Instagram: Meet Erik Alonso, the Spaniard who agreed to be Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
- Derby County has reached an agreement to sell the club to Erik Alonso
- The 29-year-old’s company is about to take over, subject to approval
- Alonso held an advisory role to Sheffield Wednesday’s Dejphon Chansiri
- The ‘charismatic’ Spaniard has a ‘passion to win’ and is a ‘boxing champion’
Derby County has confirmed that Spanish businessman Erik Alonso – who has ‘a passion to win’ and describes himself as a ‘boxing world champion’ – is close to taking over the Championship club.
After several weeks of negotiations, Alonso, owner of No Limits Sports Limited, is on the eve of a takeover, subject to Football League approval.
‘Derby County Football Club wants to confirm that a definitive agreement has been reached to buy the club with No Limits Sports Limited,’ a read the club statement
Derby County’s new owner, Erik Alonso, 29, is about to purchase the second-tier club
The Spaniard has a ‘passion to win’ and describes himself as a ‘boxing world champion’
He describes himself as ‘charismatic’ and has ‘in-depth knowledge of the sports industry’
Alonso has five wins, no losses, according to Boxrec, a database that collects boxing records
Alonso, who previously held an advisory role at Sheffield Wednesday, promised he will ‘do everything possible to support the club’s vision and ambition’.
The transaction, which is pending approval of EFL’s Owners and Directors Test, is expected to close in the near future.
As agreed with No Limits Sports, there will be no further comment until the transaction is completed. This is to ensure that all the club’s attention will be on the run-up to the championship. ‘
The Rams were in talks with Bin Zayed International about a sale, until those plans were abandoned last month, paving the way for Alonso to take over.
The Telegraph reports that Morris, who had been firing the club for four years, could stay in Pride Park and take on an advisory role.
It has undoubtedly been a difficult period both on and off the field for the club over the past two seasons and we recognize that all the staff have worked behind the scenes and worked tirelessly for the club’s first team and football activities. to assure. were fulfilled, ”Alonso said in a row statement
The Rams confirmed on Wednesday that they have reached an agreement to sell the club
Owner Mel Morris has been trying to sell the club for four years and is now close
We look forward to working with Wayne Rooney and his team and will do everything we can to support the club’s vision and ambition.
“We would like to thank Mel Morris and his team for their support in facilitating a fast and smooth transaction.
“The sales and purchase agreement has been signed and we are now working with the EFL on the final stages of the EFL Owners and Directors Test.”
The 29-year-old was previously a consultant to Sheffield Wednesday owner Dejphon Chansiri YorkshireLive reported that the owner of the Owls had turned down a £ 30 million offer from Alonso and ‘Indonesian backers’ to buy the club last year.
Alonso, whose company ‘No Limits Sport Limited’ is taking over the club, must get EFL approval
On his LinkedIn page, Alonso describes himself as: “A charismatic, proactive, dedicated professional with great interpersonal skills, deep knowledge of the professional sports industry and a passion to win.”
He also labels himself a ‘World Boxing Champion’ and has one Boxrec page, a platform where professional boxer records are kept. He has fought professionally five times and all won by knockout.
Supporters dug up topless photos of the club’s future new owner on his Instagram page as the Spaniard donned his boxing gear.
A takeover would be a huge boost for Wayne Rooney’s side, who have fought this season to stave off the threat of relegation. New investments would help the former England captain look up to the next campaign.
New investments will be a boost for Wayne Rooney’s side fighting relegation