Derby in a potential takeover lifeline, as American businessman Chris Kirchner announces his intention to buy Championship Club after the administration
- The Derby County Championship Club went into administration in September
- The English Football League gave them a 12 point deduction.
- Administrators confirmed that various parties have submitted ‘serious’ offers
- Chris Kirchner has now revealed his plans to ‘rebuild the Derby back’
American businessman Chris Kirchner has announced his intention to buy Derby club from Sky Bet Championship.
The Rams entered administration last month and have appealed against the 12-point penalty imposed by the English Football League.
Wayne Rooney’s team has won three games and tied eight, but ranks last in the Championship as a result of the deduction.
American businessman Chris Kirchner has announced his intention to buy the championship club Derby
American businessman Kirchner has now confirmed that he wants to buy the club. The 34-year-old is a co-founder and CEO of software company Slync.io, a global provider of logistics technology.
In a letter to Derby supporters sent to the Palestinian Authority news agency, Kirchner said: ‘We still don’t know each other, but we have two things in common: our love of football and our desire to rebuild Derby County again. in the proud club that everyone deserves.
“My name is Chris Kirchner and I look forward to seeing many of you soon as this is my official announcement of my intention to work with the trustees to remove Derby County Football Club from management.
“Derby County is a club with a rich history and one of the best fan groups in all of England.
“ While the club is going through a really difficult time, it is the fans and everyone associated with the club who have remained loyal that provide the foundation to rebuild again.
The American wants to rebuild the Derby and make it the proud club everyone deserves
‘I want to be part of that rebuilding and support that effort. As an entrepreneur, I am committed to starting businesses and I want to apply that experience to rebuilding this proud and legendary club.
“This challenge is one that I do not take lightly, but it is something I look forward to, and I know we can be successful if we work together.
Soccer (or soccer as I knew it as a kid, but I’ve learned to correct that over time) has been a part of my life since I was able to walk.
“ My father introduced me to the game (soccer as he called it growing up in South America) at a very young age and I spent most of my life playing the sport.
“My love for soccer has not changed over the years and I have been involved as a fan my entire adult life.
‘To be in the fortunate position to buy a club as prestigious as Derby County is a childhood dream come true.
‘In business I believe in transparency, trust, humility and respect for authority. Those are qualities that I have grown up with.
‘Right now, the administration process is complex, but I have informed the administrators that I am willing to work with these complexities.
‘I understand and acknowledge that there are various stakeholders in the club, but I wanted to put the record at the beginning of the process and be up front.
‘I have also taken it upon myself to advise my team to work simultaneously on the EFL Proof of Owners and Directors process. If I am successful in these processes, I believe it will allow us all to move forward together and leave the past behind.
‘Clearly, I am at the beginning of the paperwork that needs to be done with the administrators and the EFL. I respect these mechanisms.
However, my team and I have already been talking to all parties to discuss where to start. I had the privilege of attending a game last week at Pride Park and was really impressed with the club’s facilities, as well as all the people I was lucky enough to meet.
“I was especially impressed by the attitude of coach Wayne Rooney, his coaching staff and the players. Recent performances and results demonstrate his clear and unwavering commitment to the club.
‘Life’s best stories often start after a setback and the best years of Derby County FC are without a doubt in front of us. Hopefully, we will have the opportunity to be better than ever and together write our own chapters in the illustrious history of DCFC! Rams up!