Mike Ashley renews contact with Derby County administrators with former Newcastle United owner who still wants to buy the club | Football news

Mike Ashley has re-established contact with Derby County administrators, and Sky Sports News it was said that the former owner of Newcastle still really wants to buy the club.

There is believed to have been no response from Quantume, the administrator, to Ashley’s approach, despite a period of exclusivity granted to potential buyer Chris Kirchner that expires on Saturday night.

Kirchner admitted on social media that negotiations with outgoing Derby owner Mel Morris over a separate deal for the stadium have come to a standstill.

Derby City Council is in talks with Morris about the possibility of using public money to buy Pride Park – an option Kirchner is thought to favor, so he can focus his resources on repaying Derby’s significant debt.

To that end, Sky Sports News said Derby will face another 15-point automatic deduction from the EFL if Kirchner fails to meet his business plan at any stage and pay 35 pence a pound over the club’s three-year period. football creditors.

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Derby fans showed support for the player after the club dropped out of the championship

As a takeover doesn’t seem likely soon, the risk of liquidation is growing for Derby, although Sky Sports News was told administrators have other short-term borrowing options to cover the lack of tickets and other revenue, the championship season is now over. This, however, would further increase Derby’s total debt and potentially deter potential buyers.

Both Ashley and Kirchner are thought to be frustrated by the delays in the takeover process. Had Derby sold out quickly after first joining the board in September, the new owners could have invested in the team to try to avoid relegation, and also prevented the sale of some of Derby’s best young players who were sanctioned to help keep the club afloat. .

Sky Sports News has been told that Morris wants £ 22m to buy the stadium, but is willing to offer a lease instead.

Although £ 22 million is only 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 has been greatly reduced.

Exclusive: Kirchner has awarded an extra week of exclusivity

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Sky Sports News senior reporter Rob Dorsett reveals that potential Derby owner Chris Kirchner has been granted an extension while Mike Ashley remains interested in the club.

By Rob Dorsett

Chris Kirchner has been granted an extension of the exclusivity period to try to complete the purchase of Derby.

He will have until midnight on Saturday to complete the takeover, otherwise club administrators could be forced to reopen the bidding process.

Chris Kirchner said in a statement: “Our focus now is on a few small contract elements with the league and the purchase of the stadium. We are working on a private purchase of the stadium to speed up the closure of this contract.

“That’s all I can share at the moment out of respect for the process and the parties involved, but my intention and expectation is to sign a contract to buy the club before the exclusivity period expires.”

Police are investigating Morris’ death threats

Derbyshire police are investigating a number of threats – including death threats – to Morris, as negotiations to sell the club continue.

Kirchner, appealed on social media to stop threatening.

In a statement to Sky Sports NewsDerbyshire police said:

“The forces have received reports of suspicious threatening behavior involving a car accompanying the driver, a man in his 60s in Derbyshire. Police are investigating the incident.”

Rooney: ‘I want to rebuild Derby’

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Derby manager Wayne Rooney says he is proud of his players and wants to be the man who will bring back the ‘happy days’ to the club, after their relegation to League 1

Derby manager Rooney said Sky Sports after their relegation to League 1 has been confirmed, he wants to stay and return the club’s “happy days” if the takeover passes.

But he pointed out the uncertain situation in which Derby found himself casts doubt on his position at the club.

“The takeover has to happen. If the takeover doesn’t happen, then I’m really afraid of where the club will end up,” Rooney said. Sky Sports.

“The future of the club is questionable, if [the takeover] does not happen my future is in doubt. So it has to.

“If it happens [the takeover], then I want to rebuild the club. See what it means to the fans every week, this is a special club, a great club that we are all proud of and I want to be the one to bring back the happy days. “

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Derby manager Wayne Rooney thanked the club’s fans and vowed to recover after losing to QPR.

He added: “The situation is complicated. I feel more for the players because we scored 52 points and now we would be safe in normal circumstances.

“We paid the price for what the previous owner left. It’s not anyone’s fault but the previous owner and we pay 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.”

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