Derby County: No Mike Ashley approach say club's administrators

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Since 1997, Derby County has called Pride Park home.

The Derby County administrators claim they have never been approached or spoken with Mike Ashley, ex-Newcastle owner.

Ashley was mentioned at the weekend as being interested in the Rams who are seeking new owners.

Andrew Hosking is the Quantuma managing director and joint administrator for Derby County. He says Ashley hasn't been in touch.

He said, "We can confirm that we have not been approached by Mike Ashley and have not entered into dialogue with him."

"As this is an ongoing project, we cannot comment on the names or organizations that have fulfilled this criteria.

Since 2007, Mike Ashley was in charge of Newcastle United.

"Of all those who have signed a non-disclosure agreement, (NDA), many have been able provide the required proof of funds to allow us to be considered as serious bidder."

Ashley ended his 14-year-long relationship with Newcastle United after the Magpies' Saudi Arabian-backed takeover of Newcastle United was completed five days earlier.

Hosking also spoke for the first-time about Derby's appeal against the 12-point deduction made by the English Football League to their decision to officially go into administration on 22 September.

He said, "I can confirm that an appeal has been filed against the 12-point deduction imposed."

"This matter was referred to an independent arbitration panel, who will review representations from both sides before making a decision.

"The club's total points in the Championship table at the current time will not change."

Former Everton, Manchester United, and England legend Wayne Rooney manages Derby. They currently are bottom of the Championship, on two points after eleven games, seven behind safety.