Derby potential owner Chris Kirchner outlines plan to avoid another points deduction

The ailing Rams are struggling to avoid relegation from the Championship, while the American businessman meets with EFL officials as he tries to complete his takeover of the club

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Derby’s potential new owner Chris Kirchner reportedly met with the English Football League on Tuesday to outline his plans to avoid another damaging points deduction for the club.

The American businessman is aiming for a takeover that would finally allow the ailing Rams to exit Administration after almost seven months. Corresponding sky sports news, Kirchner tells the EFL He has offered to pay non-football creditors 35p in pounds over the next three years. This number is said to be the threshold for the league’s bankruptcy rules and would be the minimum that needs to be paid back for the club to avoid a potential 15-point deduction.

derby already A total of 21 points will be deducted this semester: 12 for entering administration and a further nine after admitting breaches of the EFL’s profitability and sustainability rules.

The report adds that Derby is negotiating with HMRC over an outstanding tax bill believed to exceed £30million.

A change of ownership is not expected before the summer, although there are still considerable hurdles to be overcome. These include paying off creditors, a thorough investigation of the club’s finances by Kirchner’s accountant, and the Pride Park ownership issue. Derby’s home ground is owned by former owner Mel Morris with a deal required to either buy the stadium back from him or lease it.

One suggestion was that Derby City Council could buy the stadium from Morris and then agree a lease scheme with the club’s new owners. But earlier this month, a statement from the council’s chief executive, Paul Simpson, said the agency “prefers that one buyer buys the club and stadium outright”.

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American businessman Chris Kirchner (centre) is eyeing a deal to buy Derby County across the line

Kirchner was exposed as the preferred bidder by administrator Quantuma last week and has maintained a high profile ever since. He attended one Twitter Q&A with Derby fans and made a number of revelations. A fan inquiry asked if Kirchner had spoken to Rooney since he was named preferred bidder, to which he replied, “(We) are trading at least a few Whatsapp News basically daily.” Last week, Rooney threw his support behind Kirchner, saying he was “delighted” with the development. He said: “He’s an ambitious man who wants to do good things for the club, so do I.”

Kirchner said the same thing Rooney would remain coach into the next season when he completes the takeover. He said: “He will. He’s a big reason why I came back. I think he’s the best young manager in the game.”

Derby’s Pride Park stadium is still owned by former Rams owner Mel Morris

The American was also asked if Rooney would be given full recruiting responsibility in the summer. He added: “I will default to Wayne and the term internally. Wayne knows the squad he wants, my job is to give him the resources to put it together.”

The takeover developments are contrary to this Background to Derby’s battle to remain in the Championship – a battle that looks set to have an unfortunate ending for the East Midlands club. Wayne Rooney’s side have lost six of their last nine games and are nine points adrift of safety with just five games left.

They host championship leaders Fulham On Good Friday, all of their relegation rivals will gradually compete. Derby’s fate could be sealed after the Easter double header which sees them travel to QPR on Bank Holiday Monday.

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