Derby takeover: US businessman Chris Kirchner keen on buying Championship club following administration

Chris Kirchner, a US businessman, has declared his intent to purchase Derby.
In September, the English Football League (EFL) placed the Championship club in administration and gave them a 12-point deduction.

Quantuma, Derby's administrators has confirmed that several interested parties have made'serious’ bids for it, and has appealed against the points deduction.

Kirchner, a 34-year old who is the founder, chief executive, and owner of a global logistics company, has now announced his plans to "rebuild Derby into the proud club that everyone deserves."

He wrote to his supporters in a letter released to the PA news agency. He said that although they don't know one another, they have two things in common: their love of football and the desire to make Derby County the proud club it deserves.

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"My name's Chris Kirchner, and I hope you see me soon. This is my official announcement that I will be working with administrators to get Derby County Football Club out from under administration.

"Derby County has a rich history, and is home to one of the most passionate supporters in England."

"While the club is going through some difficult times, it is the supporters, and all those associated with the club, that provide the foundation for rebuilding again.

"I want to support the rebuilding effort and be part of it. As an entrepreneur, I am passionate about building companies. I would like to use that experience to rebuild this historic club.

"This is a challenge I take seriously, but it is something that I look forward to - and where I know we can succeed - if I work with you.

"Football, or soccer as I was taught it growing up, but have since learned to correct it over the years has been an integral part of my life.

"My father introduced me to futbol at an early age. I have spent the majority of my life playing it.

Image: Wayne Rooney's side has lost only three of the 14 Championship games this season despite their off-field woes

"My passion for football has not changed over the years and I have been a fan all my life.

"It is a dream come true to be in the fortunate position of purchasing such a prestigious club like Derby County.

"In business, I believe in transparency and trust. These are the qualities I have learned from my upbringing.

"At the moment, the administration process seems complex. However, I have told the administrators that I am willing to work with them through these complexities.

"I am aware and accept that there are many interested parties in this club. However, I wanted to be on the record from the beginning of the process and be the first.

"I have also advised my team to simultaneously work in the EFL's Directors' and Owners' Test processes. If these processes are successful, it will allow us all to move forward together.

"I am clearly at the beginning procedures that must be done with the administrators. These mechanisms are important to me.

"Nevertheless, my team has already had a conversation with all parties to discuss the best way to get started. I had the pleasure of attending Pride Park's match last week and was impressed by the facilities as well as the people I met.

Image: Mel Morris, former owner, claimed that Covid-19 had made Derby's financial problems worse

"The attitude of Wayne Rooney, his coaches and the players impressed me greatly. Their unwavering dedication to the club is evident in recent performances and results.

"The best stories in your life often begin after a setback, and the best years at Derby County FC are undoubtedly in front of you.

"Hopefully, together we will be able to be better than ever before" "Raise the Rams!"

After reports that Kirchner was interested in purchasing Derby, Quantuma stated earlier this month that it has not been approached to buy the club by Mike Ashley, former Newcastle owner.

Ex-owner Mel Morris blamed the coronavirus pandemic as the reason for Derby's administration.

Wayne Rooney's Derby team are currently at the bottom of Championship with five points. They would have been 15th if they didn't get the penalty.