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Derby County administrators provide Mel Morris update

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Quantuma, Derby County’s administrators, have confirmed that there are “no indications” that anyone associated with Mel Morris has involvement with any of the parties interested in buying the East Midlands club. 

Under Morris’ ownership, the Rams went into administration in September after a chaotic summer that had left Wayne Rooney with a threadbare squad and were handed a subsequent 12-point deduction that has seen them drop to the bottom of the Championship table.

In a recent meeting with fan group Black and White Together, the administrators confirmed that there are three or four parties expected to make a viable takeover bid.

They added: “There are no indications that anyone associated with Mel Morris – either now or in the past – has involvement with any existing interested parties.”

Chris Kirchner’s £50 million bid has been well reported and confirmed by both Quantuma and the American businessman himself but is not yet at an exclusive point – with discussions still ongoing with multiple parties.

Rooney’s side lost to Barnsley 2-1 last night, missing out on a chance to move off the bottom of the table for the first time since they went into administration.

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The Verdict 

This will likely be music to the ears of Derby supporters after the disastrous way Morris’ tenure has ended.

They’ll want a fresh start and a clean slate, something they’d be unlikely to get if their former owner was still involved.

It remains to be seen who the new owner will be, with Kirchner the only party interested that have made themselves known to supporters.

He was at the Blackburn Rovers game on the weekend but his takeover bid has not yet reached the exclusive stage meaning another interested party could yet beat him out.


London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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